Peter Capozello

Peter Capozello

November 16, 1924 July 27, 2020

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Obituary for Peter Capozello

Peter Capozello, 95, formerly of West Reading, passed away on July 27, 2020, of complications from surgery, at Reading Hospital.

His wife, Helen M. (Schnable) Capozello, passed away on August 13, 2011.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Pietro and Donato "Margaret" (Marsicano) Capozello.

He was a veteran of the US Army during WWII serving in the Philippines and New Guinea earning three bronze stars.

Pete was a co-owner of P. C. Fruit & Produce, a local family business that thrived for many years on 8th Street in Reading. Later he worked for Weatherau and G.H. Delp, overseeing logistics of fruit distribution. In his retirement years he worked at Kuhn Funeral Homes in West Reading and Temple for over 30 years, where he was able to reconnect with many of his long-time friends and associates.

Pete had many gifts with joke telling being one that was most memorable and appreciated. Pete would many times tell a joke and laugh before he got to the punch line; he always had a smile on his face and liked to have fun. He was a ponies man and enjoyed gambling as a great source of entertainment; it was also another way to socialize. Pete enjoyed golf for many years and was an avid card player. In his younger years he was a skilled pool player. He was also a very hard worker.

Most importantly, Pete was a great friend to many over the span of his 95 years, and he was equally a consummate family man. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra (Michael) Rowe, Pennsville, NJ and Sandra (Tim) Tait, Mohnton, with whom he resided. There are seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Julie, Betsy, Peter, Destiny, Ryan, and Erin; and 13 great-grandchildren. His sister-in-law, Marilyn Capozello, Wyomissing and cousins: Danny (Pat) DeCarlo, Lawrence Capozello and favorite Taffy Judd also survive him.

Pete was predeceased by one daughter, Donna Capozello and siblings: Fred and Daniel Capozello, and Mary "Tootsie" Tazik; and brother-in-law, Paul Tazik.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with burial to follow at Gethsemane Cemetery. A viewing with friends and family will be held Friday from 9 to 10:20 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading. Words of remembrance will be shared at 10:20 a.m. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Visitation

    August 7, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:20am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    August 7, 2020
    9:00am - 10:20am
  • Mass

    August 7, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
    740 Cherry Street
    West Reading, PA
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    August 7, 2020
    Fr. John Anthony Hutta
  • Interment

    August 7, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
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    August 7, 2020


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Love, Kelly & Lynn Pettitt and Gina & Bill sent flowers to the family of Peter Capozello.
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Ray and Colleen

Lady's we are so very sorry, we just found out about Uncle Pete. We have great memories of his great humor and he will be missed. I hope you find peace in his.
Comment | Posted at 11:57am via Condolence

Love, Kelly & Lynn Pettitt

Memories are the legacy of love. May all your happy memories carry you all through this sorrowful time. Wishing you all strength, peace & comfort.
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Love, Kelly & Lynn Pettitt purchased flowers for the family of Peter Capozello.
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W. Schwarzmann

Bill Schwarzmann
Both Hilde (Miller) and I were deeply sorry to read about Peter's passing in The Reading Eagle. We send our heartfelt and deepest
sympathies to his remaining family members.
Additionally, Pete will always be fondly remembered, by me, as ONE of the four gentlemen mentors (incl. Michael, Bud & Butch)
that taught me the various duties of a "good" Funeral Attendant.
Indeed, I also had the honor and privilege of getting to know Pete
(& briefly his wife Helen) during my 10-years, as a fellow co-worker,
in service, at the Kuhn Funeral Home.
I especially remember the many times Pete would be telling us a joke ONLY to laugh before he gave us the punch line. BOTTOM
LINE: Pete left his indelible mark within each of us as to his smile,
humor, friendliness and dedication to the job at the Kuhn Funeral
Home. He was "one in a million" and will be truly missed!
Due to Covid-19 and on-going health issues, with us both, we are saddened that we will miss the services on Friday, Aug. 7th, 2020.
Comment | Posted at 08:49am via Condolence

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With Deepest sympathy Mike and Sharon Renaud
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Lori Osiecki

Pete was a source of happiness. He radiated it. Sandras best stories were about her dad. Pete will be missed and remembered always. Love & hugs. Lori
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