Rudolph L. “Rudy” Cadori, 87, of Weedville, passed away at home, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 after a short illness. On April 14, 1931, in Byrnedale, PA, he was born, a son of the late Dante and Catherine (Ghini) Cadori.
On June 21, 1958 he married Virginia L. Bleggi, who survives in Weedville.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Robert Cadori; two brothers, Mario and George Cadori; and a sister, Gilda Cadori; leaving Rudy as the last survivor of his immediate family.
Along with his wife of sixty years, he is survived by: four children, Rudy Cadori of State College, Dan (Debbie) Cadori of Weedville, Cathy (Rich) Ellenberger of Punxsutawney and Lisa (Andy) Alexander of Weedville; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Community Service and Rudy’s Faith began at a young age serving as Alter Boy for Father Ferraro in Byrnedale, PA. Rudy became a member of the St. Joseph Church, Force, PA in 1958, and dedicating his time as Usher, Sound System Manager and Cooking during the Lenten Fish Fries.
Rudy served in the US Air Force and was a Proud Veteran of the Korean War. In 2015 he was honored at the Korean Veterans Recognition Dinner by the Elk County Commissioners for his work in gathering veterans information. Rudy found and compiled a list of 200 forgotten veterans to add to the historical society’s veteran list.
After serving his country, Rudy graduated from the Pittsburgh Electronics School in 1952 and became a Pioneer of the Cable Industry. He was the Owner and Manager of the Valley T.V. Company and in addition he first worked with St. Marys Cable Company and then moving to Manager of the DuBois Cable Company. In 1995 His achievements and contributions earned him the Founders Award for Pennsylvania Cable Pioneers and he was honored by the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association. Rudy retired from the cable industry in 1995.
Rudy was a member of the American Legion.
Rudy was directly responsible for the formation of the Bennetts Valley Kiwanis Club. In 1976 the fellowship and privileges of this membership made him a Charter Member and President of the local organization. Through his membership he organized the Family Fishing Day in Bennetts Valley.
In 1979 he worked on the campaign committee to successfully elect Bill Wachob to the State House of Representatives 75th District.
He is a past member of the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company. In 1995 he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his generous donations toward the purchase of the Amkus Rescue Tool.
In 1999 Rudy received the Outstanding Service Award from the Bennetts Valley Alumni Association for the hard work and dedicated role he played in getting a 3 Lane Highway built on Byrnedale Hill, and for his determination in creating a safer Passage in the area known as Rock Cut on Route 255.
Over the years he sponsored both Bennetts Valley Little League and Softball teams.
The Steelers, the Pirates and any sport his grandchildren played were the simple joys of his life. He loved a good joke and making wine. For many years he played horseshoes. He took solitude in his Garden. Fishing on a stream was one of his most enjoyed ways to spend a warm spring day.
Rudy was committed to his Faith, Friends, Community and Country. And by Far - His Love and devotion to his wife and children was the single most important part of his life.
He will be greatly missed by those that loved him.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 5 – 8 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home of Penfield, PA.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held, 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force, PA with Father Mark Mastrian.
Military Honors will be accorded by the Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail.
Interment will take place in the Church Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to either the Mt. Zion Historical Society or the Bennetts Valley American Legion and will be accepting online condolences at www.nedzafamilyfuneralhomes.com