William Bando, 89 of Scottdale, our cherished father went home to heaven to join the love of his life Madeline on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. He was born December 21, 1918 in Acosta, Somerset County a son of the late Antonio and Jennie Gatto Bando originally from Italy.
William was retired from Robertshaw Controls where he had been employed as a machinist. He was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist RC Church, Scottdale where he served as an usher for many years. William served in the US Navy in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. He received the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with one star; the European African Ribbon with two stars and the American Theatre and Victory Ribbon. He was also a member of Mt. Pleasant VFW Post #3368.
William was a rock of support for his wife, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pap-pap, as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren would call him, was always there for them to assist, support and help in any way.
William was married to Madeline for 63 years and displayed each day his steadfast love for her and showed all of us what true commitment was. William is survived by his sons, Anthony W. Bando of Scottdale and Richard J. Bando and his wife Jeanne of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren, William J. Bando; Jeannine Santmyer, Jennifer Bando, Anthony E. Bando, Jamie Ingelido and Emily Bando; six great-grandchildren, Kaleigh, Ali, Shayla, Brenden, Rylee and Mercedes; two brothers, Arthur Bando and Paul Bando and wife Jean "Cookie" all of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Grace Fordyce of Independence, MO; and Angie Falcon and husband William of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Engatti Bando on January 4, 2008; three brothers, Frank, Samuel and George Bando and two sisters, Mary Szczygiel and one sister in infancy.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate William's life on Thursday from 6-8 pm and Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale (724) 887-7110 where services will be held Saturday at 11 am with Pastor Joe Charest officiating. Committal services and entombment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville with military honors bestowed by members of Mt. Pleasant VFW Post #3368. Memorial contributions may be made to Legionaries of Christ PO Box 1024 Cheshire, CT 06410 or National Shrine of St. Jude the Claretians 205 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606. For online information or to send a condolence visit, www.gjfuneral.com.