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Alfred J. Di Norscia

January 7, 1927 ~ July 15, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

Our beloved father, Alfred J. Di Norscia Sr., “Al”, age 95, of Kennett Square, PA, peacefully passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Chester County Hospital.  He married the love of his life, Margaret Di Filippo Di Norscia, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage.  Margaret passed away on February 6, 2021. Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Joseph Anthony Sr. and Mary Gale Di Norscia.  As the last member of his family, Al is predeceased by his sister Anina, and brothers Anthony, Guy, and Joseph Jr.

After graduating from Kennett High School, Al attended Drexel University.  He entered the Army Air Corp as a B 29 mechanic and was quickly promoted to sergeant in charge of 110 men of the 8th photo technical squadron, attached to the 40th bomb wing stationed in Erlangen, Germany. Their assignment was to pinpoint and photograph enemy aircraft on the ground to be destroyed. Alfred was one of the last WWII veteran members of American Legion Post 491 in Kennett Square.

Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he began his career with Lukens Steel where he was responsible for the fabrication material division. He then worked for many government contractors including Thiokol Chemical Company, Container Research and All-American Engineering, an Aeronautical Engineering Company. 

He became a real estate agent in 1976 but was pursued by All American Engineering again in 1981, to return to work on a military project. In post-retirement, he worked for Country Fresh Mushroom Co.

Al was a long-time, faithful member of St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square and for more than 40 years, he attended the Men of Malvern Retreat.  Al was also a member of the Optimist Club, the very first Kennett Symphony, and the Beachcomber Band in which he played the saxophone.  He umpired baseball for the local Teener’s, Babe Ruth and American Legion Leagues, and coached the local football team, The Choppers.  He was an avid fishermen and golfer, and even played nine holes of golf the week of his passing. 

He will be remembered by his family as a hardworking and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Alfred is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Peppernick (Thomas) and Madelyn Behrends, and a son, Alfred J. Di Norscia, Jr., all of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren, Kristen Jellison (Darin), Stephanie Arriviello (Chris), Michael Odorisio (Rachael), Erica Spiekermann (Kyle), A.J. Di Norscia III (Martina), Anna Behrends (Marcus), Darren Di Norscia, and Jacqulyn Di Norscia-Murphy; and ten great-grandchildren, Noah, Kate, Nicholas, Christopher, Marilyn, Mariana, Mila, Eli, Mila Grace, and Luca.

You are invited to Alfred’s viewing and visitation from 7:00 - 9:00pm Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Church of the Advent Chapel 401 S. Union St. Kennett Square, PA.  His funeral mass will be held at 10:00am Monday, July 25th at St. Patrick Catholic Church 212 Meredith St. Kennett Square, PA. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Contributions in Al’s memory may be made for the prevention of Macular Degeneration to https://support.brightfocus.org or the American Heart Association  https://www2.heart.org.  Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100). To view Alfred's online obituary, please visit www.griecofunerals.com

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
July 24, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Episcopal Church of the Advent
401 N Union St
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Mass
Monday
July 25, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Interment following funeral service
Monday
July 25, 2022

St. Patrick Cemetery
460 N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

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