Peter J. “Pete“ Cerqua

Finney Funeral Homes

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | November 15, 2020

Peter J. “Pete” Cerqua, 93 of Ephrata, formerly of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at the Keystone Villa at Ephrata. He was born in Wilson on May 7, 1927 to the late Rosalina Polsinelli and Antonio Cerqua, Sr. Peter was the loving husband of 62 years to the late Patricia L. “Pat” Cicero Cerqua, who preceded Peter in death in 2014. He is survived by his daughter: Cynthia J. (David) Brieck, of Lancaster, PA, grandson, David (Dionne) Brieck, Jr., of Lancaster, granddaughter Carleen Brieck, of Lancaster, great-grand-children, Dana, Daphne, and David III. In addition to his wife, Peter was also preceded in death by his daughter Paula Farren, brothers; John, Joseph, Reno, Louis, Sundae, and sister, Rose Coletta.

He was an active member and previous usher of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, formerly St. Paulinus Parish, in Clairton. Peter was also a member of the U.S. Steelworkers Union and was employed by Irvin Works. He was a man of many hobbies; playing poker, building models of aircrafts, cars, and boats, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and coin collecting. Peter also avidly followed all Pittsburgh sports and loved old cowboy movies and western books. Peter proudly served his country during WWII with the United States Navy, where he was stationed in the Philippines. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, November 17th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place Wednesday at the funeral home at 10 am to be followed by interment with military honors at St. Clare Cemetery, Worthington Avenue in Clairton. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in Pete’s name to the Alzheimer's Association, 2835 E Carson St Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, Online condolences may be offered at

Originally published November 15, 2020.

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