Obituaries for March 8, 2013

Marion W. "Sonny" Petza Jr.

The family of Sonny Petza will offer a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. March 9 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon.

Sonny died peacefully in the early morning of Feb. 27, 2013 in Lebanon. Born in Baltimore, Md. on Aug. 11, 1941 to Marian L. Petza and Marion W. Petza Sr., Sonny graduated from Patterson Park High School in 1960 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, being honorably discharged as a field medic in 1969.

During his reserve enlistment he began his journeyman steamfitter apprenticeship, which led to his initiation in the Local Union 486 of The United Association, Baltimore and a 36-year career with The Poole and Kent Corporation (Emcor) from which he retired in 2000.

Well known for his multi-sport athleticism and sense of style, Sonny was a well dressed man with callouses on his hands from an honest day's work. He was quick with a joke and his hearty laugh was infectious, even among strangers. Kindness and generosity were two characteristics of this devout Catholic man who rarely missed communion, even on his deathbed.

Mr. Petza found great joy in coaching youth baseball, soccer and fishing, drawing high praise for his gentle approach with emphasis on fun first and winning second. His loved ones will cherish the many great memories they had with him and know that Sonny loved life and the blessings that came with it.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Petza; son, Marion "Marty" Petza III (Tanya); grandson, Ari G. Petza; sister, Mildred Shank (Howard); sister-in-law, Jackie Malone (Jack); brother-in-law, John L Perner (Joyce); nephew, Douglas Lane (Tracy); nieces, Rhonda Young, Donna Ainsworth (Mike), Lacy McCullough; nephew, Peyton McCullough; and many great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Foundation for PSP/CBD and Brain Related Diseases at 30 E. Padonia Rd. Suite 201, Timonium MD 21093 or the American Red Cross.

Oscar Wilson Sr.

Mr. Wilson, 83, of Compton, Calif. died Feb. 24.

Services are Friday at 12:30 p.m. at The Academy Cathedral in Inglewood, Calif., courtesy of Neuble Monument Funeral Home LLC.


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