Elmo J. "Jim" Gropelli age 74, of Penn Hills, passed away April 11, 2023, at home surrounded with love after a grueling battle with dementia. Born August 24, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Elmo and Betty Jane (Brady) Gropelli. He was the adored husband of Pam Gropelli for 18 wonderful years.
Jim grew up in Ross Township, working at his father's and uncle's monument company, and graduated from North Hills High School. He worked for UPS and then started his own business as a gravedigger. His business had become a trusted and reliable company in the Pittsburgh area for 44 years. Jim brightened any room he walked into with his smile and wit, and he always was good for a laugh. In his free time, he loved drag racing (watching or participating in it) and vacationing in the Bahamas with family and friends. Jim loved spending time with his grandkids always.
Jim is survived by his children, Michele (Dan) McSorley, Greg (Tori) Gropelli, and Jimmy Gropelli; step-son, Brian McCracken; eight grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann (Art) Schultz, Margaret Rose Brown and Linda Faith (Jim) Gillespie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest son, Shawn Gropelli, and his brother, David Gropelli.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on April 16, 2023, from 2 p.m. until the time of blessing service at 6 p.m. Inurnment will be in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
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