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Dominic F. Esposto

April 1, 1927 October 19, 2018
Dominic F. Esposto
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Obituary for Dominic F. Esposto

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandpap, & Entrepreneur

Dominic F. Esposto, 91 of Avella passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 19, 2018. He was born April 1, 1927, in Mount Washington, PA, the youngest son of the late Domenico and Giovanna Calabria Esposto, immigrants from Reggio Calabria, Italy. Dominic was a 1944 graduate of Scott High School in North Braddock.

Dominic began his entrepreneurial career as a coal operator with his father in 1944 in Monroeville, PA. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Alice Malley, on April 24, 1948, the two moved to Avella, PA and founded Esposto Coal Company. Dominic and Alice then purchased Breezy Heights Tavern in January of 1954. In 1961, while Alice operated the tavern, Dominic became a partner in Houston Foundry Inc. and operated Library Lanes, a bowling alley in Library, PA. After leaving Houston Foundry in 1967, he formed a similar business, Atlas Alloys, near Burgettstown, PA. As Dominic’s love for the coal business never waned, he and other business partners formed Crescent Hills Coal Company in 1971. The coal boom of the 1970’s enabled Dominic and his brother to purchase another coal mine in 1980, forming Shannopin Mining Company in Bobtown, PA. After retiring from the coal business in 1992, Dominic returned to Breezy Heights to help his wife and son Rick expand the tavern into a full service restaurant. During his “retirement”, Dominic expanded his beef cattle operation on his farm behind Breezy Heights. Through all these businesses, Dominic employed hundreds of people over the years. He especially enjoyed working with his 7 grandchildren on the farm and at the restaurant.

Dominic was an avid hunter his whole life, especially enjoying big game hunting in Alaska, Africa, Wyoming, and Canada. His trophies have been enjoyed by countless numbers of customers as they are on display at Breezy Heights. Dominic loved to travel with his wife and family to all parts of the world, especially Italy. He loved wine making with family and friends, curing his own Italian meats, and entertaining at the pavilion on the farm. He was a lifelong Steeler fan and season ticket holder during the 70’s, attending all four Super Bowls of that era.

He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella, Avella Athletics, Inc., Washington Cattlemen’s Association; he was a past officer for Safari Club International and was a founding member of the Washington County Tavern Association where he was a past president.

Dominic is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Alice, and their children Richard M. Esposto of Washington, PA, Lauren Goodman of Pittsburgh, PA, and Sally (Randy) McClanahan of Birmingham, AL. Dominic is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Alison (Jeremy) Johnson of Marlboro, NJ, Josh (Jessica) Goodman of Fairfield, CT, Jim (Kari) Esposto of Chicago, IL, Dan Goodman of Kirksville, MO, Joe Goodman of Pittsburgh, PA, Matt Esposto of Chicago, IL, and Richard Jr. (Adrienne) Esposto of Chicago, IL and 6 great-grandchildren: Samantha, Emma, Gabriel, Sydney, Benjamin, and Hudson. Also surviving are many nieces, a nephew, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family. Preceding Dominic in death are his brothers, Joseph Esposto and Orphia Esposto, son-in-law, Dr. Richard Goodman, and daughter-in-law, Frances Esposto.

Friends and family will be received from 12pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm on Sunday, October 21, in the Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 22, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 97 Highland Avenue, Avella, with Fr. Harry R. Bielewicz, officiating.
Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella.

Memorial contributions can be made to West Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 97, West Middletown, PA 15379; Avella Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box G, Avella, PA 15312; and Avella Athletics, Inc., P.O. Box 204, Avella, PA 15312.

Condolences may be expressed at www.stefkovichfuneralhome.com.


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Visitation

Sunday

21

Oct

12:00 PM 10/21/2018 12:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/21/2018 4:00:00 PM
Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.

18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65
Avella, PA 15312

Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.
18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65 Avella 15312 PA
United States

Visitation

Sunday

21

Oct

6:00 PM 10/21/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/21/2018 8:00:00 PM
Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.

18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65
Avella, PA 15312

Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.
18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65 Avella 15312 PA
United States

Service

Monday

22

Oct

11:00 AM 10/22/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church

97 Highland Avenue
Avella, PA 15312

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
97 Highland Avenue Avella 15312 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Independence Cemetery Final Resting Place

Washington Pike
Avella, PA 15312

Washington Pike Avella 15312 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Avella Athletics, Inc.

PO Box 204
Avella, PA 15312

Avella Volunteer Fire Dept.

PO Box G
Avella, PA 15312

West Middletown Fire Dept.

PO Box 97
West Middletown, PA 15379
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