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Obituary: Michael Capozzoli, Former Green Beret

March 22, 1947 - Sept. 1, 2012

Michael Capozzoli, 65, of Houston, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 in his home.

He was born March 22, 1947 in Canonsburg, a son of Michael and Evelyne Marchione Capozzoli.

Mike was a graduate of ’s class of 1965. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret, and also in the 82nd airborne, serving multiple tours, and also as a recruiting officer.

He was a self-employed home painter, a past exalted ruler of the Canonsburg Elks, a member of the National Rifle Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a Steeler fan, and enjoyed his pet bird, Charlotte.

His family thanks Alice Bock, Sherry and Courtney Fullgraff for their committed and compassionate care.

Surviving are his daughter, Nicolle Bazant Pleil (Frank), of Washington, a song in law, Bob Bazant, of Washington, his sister, JoAnne Phillips, Houston, former spouse, Patricia O’Rourke of Washington, step-daughter Emma Huffman, of Morgantown, W.Va., two grandchildren, Ryan and Nathan Bazant, and two step-grandchildren, Ava and Allison.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Huffman, and his sister, Donna Wylie.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Sollon Funeral Home located at 30 E. College St. in .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at at a time to be announced Thursday. It will be followed by interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Full military rites will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, and the American Legion Post 902.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Rifle Association in Michael Capozzoli’s name.

For more information or to leave online condolences, visit the Sollon Funeral Home here.

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