Cosmo Conforti, 94, peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by family Monday, April 27, 2020. Cosmo was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was the perfect example of a strong patriarch for his family, a pillar of his community, and man of God.
Born July 31, 1925 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Angelo and Maria Josephine Figliomeni Conforti. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lena Silvestri, siblings Gloria Kalbfleisch, Beatrice Miller, Ralph Conforti, Lucy Harden, Peggy Shea, Edward Conforti, Alba Miller, son-in-law Ron Salzano, and his granddaughter Cassondra Conforti. He is survived by his wife of 60 years and the love of his life, Pauline DeCaro Conforti, his children and their spouses, Ralphetta and Gary Smiley, Bernadette and Larry Honsaker, Teresa Conforti-Kosele and John Kosele, Anthony Conforti, Angela and Michael Lauster, his grandchildren and their spouses Joe and Shannon Valentino, Amanda and Joshua Carr, Jessica Brown, Jeremy and Victoria Honsaker, Lisa Lanham, Christina and Matthew Feschak, Daniel Brown, Ashlea Conforti, Travis Lauster and Courtney Bell, Alexandra Conforti, Ryan Lauster, Abigail Conforti, 12 great-grandchildren, Phoebe, Mallory, Nicholas, Ava, Jordan, Gina, Nico, Savannah, Sullivan, Emmett, Nadiya, Mitchell, and Vonda; his sisters Aurora Hampton, Octavia Stoyanoff, Eleanor (Fonce) Angelucci, Rosemarie Nocera, Norma McAllister, and special family friend Louise Bollinger.
He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, the United Steelworkers, and lifetime member of the Zelienople Sportsman Club. He loved being outside tending to his ever successful garden, metal detecting, and most notoriously, fishing year round. Cosmo was a kind-hearted, hardworking, honest friend to all and will be so deeply missed by many. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Holy Redeemer Parish. Due to circumstances with COVID-19, the celebration of life service for Cosmo will be scheduled at a later date in accordance with state and local guidelines. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.