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Patsy "Pat" Giachetti

Obituary for Patsy "Pat" Giachetti

June 4, 1933 - March 18, 2018
Strongsville, Ohio | Age 84

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather



Pat Giachetti (aka Patsy by his family in PA) was born in Uniontown, PA – the first of five children for Nicholas and Mary Giachetti. After Pat came brother, John (deceased), Sister Margaret Ann (deceased) and twins Richard (deceased) and Bobby. Pat was a member of Uniontown High School's champion wrestling team at 154# weight class where he placed second in the state his senior year. He also played offense and defense for Uniontown's football team, The Red Raiders. It was a year they went undefeated for the first time in the school's history.
His love of sports never left him and he rarely missed a football, basketball, soccer, and rugby or baseball game for his beloved grandchildren. He himself was an avid golfer, tennis player and in the last few years pickle ball when the weather would not allow tennis or golf. He also enjoyed playing Pennsylvania Rum – a PA version of rummy with his uncles and brothers. They would pass hours playing whenever they could get together. His son, Ron, remembers watching and listening to his Dad, brother John, Uncles Lou, Carmen and Freddy playing cards back in Uniontown. They never stopped yelling at each other but they never got mad at each other. Pat loved and respected his uncles and Uniontown was always "home".
Pat was married to Janet in 1951 and had three children - Nicholas, Jacqueline and Ron. With a new family to support, Pat began his sales career as a driver/salesman with the Spangs Bakery, followed by DanDee Pretzel Company and later Krun Chee Potato Chip Company where he owned his own truck. He later opened a nightclub in Parma, Ohio called the Thunderbird Lounge. The Thunderbird was known citywide as "the place to be". But after eight years, Pat decided he needed a change. He returned to his roots in sales but wanted a new challenge – something different – Insurance! After obtaining his license, Pat went to work for Bankers and then Physician's Mutual. He had found his niche!
Pat joined United American (a Torchmark Company) in 1979 and served as Cleveland Branch Manager until he retired in 2007. During his many years of leadership, the Cleveland Branch grew steadily and attained the #3 spot in the Company. A three-time Life Manager of the Year, Pat achieved Honor Club nine times, President's Club 13 times and President's Council 23 times.
Son Nick, daughter Jackie, granddaughter Christina and son Ron also worked for Pat at different times during those years.
It was through this career with United American that he met Peggy. Pat's brothers, John and Richard, were boxing promoters in Cleveland. As a perk, the Giachetti brothers offered VIP passes to their insurance agent, Peggy DeCarlo. An independent agency owner, Peggy provided health and liability insurance for Giachetti boxing events. As fate would have it, Pat and Peggy were in attendance at the same match. It took some work on Pat's part but he finally found out who she was, contacted her and the rest is history.
Pat and Peggy married in 1993 and enjoyed 24 years together sharing their blended families, sharing in his travels with United American and finally touring Italy in 2009, sharing their love of Naples, FL where they had a home and spent winters in the warmer climate. He developed his love of tennis in Florida and, as in everything he did, took on the challenge with his competitive spirit. They enjoyed many seasons of sharing their Florida home with family and being known as the "discoverer of Naples". And where else could you play better golf than in Florida where Pat enjoyed the camaraderie of friends and family on golf courses in and around Naples.
He spent hours with his grandchildren and great grandchildren reveling them with stories stemming from his great imagination. He even put many of his stories in print and had favorites like the "pesky squirrel" and Blue Birdie, Ariel's Adventures and Little Fawn & Rabbit. He had a natural instinct with children and would encourage their imaginations, knew all their songs, sang along with them. They all loved spending time with their Papa because he was just so much "fun". Family was the most important driving force in his life. He loved bringing his family together for picnics, dinners, super bowl parties, Christmas, birthdays – whenever there was an occasion, he wanted to celebrate. During his last few months, even though he was in pain, Pat and Peggy hosted a Christmas gathering as usual and Super bowl party.
Pat and Peggy are members of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and served as volunteers in many capacities. Pat loved life and lived it to the fullest. Pat loved his family and all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren. In retirement, his life was full with his sports activities and helping with the great grandchildren. Golfing with son Ron was always a special treat and they had many pickup games through the years. Not many who knew Pat will easily forget. His life force will follow him through his family.
To Peggy, he was her anchor, her soulmate, her love, her partner through life and will be sadly missed.

Patsy "Pat" Giachetti 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Beloved husband of Peggy (nee Kirkpatrick) of twenty four years, loving father of Nicholas, Jacqueline Huskey (Bob) and Ronald (Claudia); devoted grandfather "Papa" of Christina, Jason, Ryan, Sarah, Ian and Lauren; great-grandfather of Kaitlyn and Matthew; dear brother of Robert and the late John, Richard, Margaret Ann; step father of 3; step grandfather of 7; step great grandfather of 2; brother in law of 3; uncle and cousin to many. The family will receive friends and family at the Busch Funeral Home 7501 Ridge Road, Parma on Friday, March 23 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm. Prayer service at 11:15 am at the funeral home on Saturday, March 24 with 12 pm Mass of Christian Burial at St. Albert the Great Church, 6667 W. Wallings Road, North Royalton, OH. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. (440) 842-7800.

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