This week brought the news of the passing of a well-known local man who has left a positive mark in the community.
Frederick J. “Fred” DelGrosso, 77, of Tipton died on February 9 at UPMC Altoona, surrounded by his loving family. Born on Sept. 22, 1942 in Altoona, he was the son of Ferdinand and Mafalda (Pulcini) DelGrosso — well-known for their contributions to the DelGrosso companies and amusement park.
Fred was an owner of the DelGrosso Family of Companies and many said they loved working with him at the park in days past. Many shared that they will miss seeing him, his smile, his friendly greetings, and conversations.
In an outpouring of positive outreach to the family from the community, Fred is remembered as a good and generous man, a sweet and kind man, a gentle soul, a remarkable man, an asset to the community, a great visionary, a great neighbor, and a super person.
Family, friends, and neighbors gathered on Thursday to celebrate his life, and remembered him during a funeral mass on Friday at St. Joseph Church, Bellwood. Arrangements were handled by Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood.
One local woman simply remarked, “A beautiful family, a beautiful legacy.” Fred and his family are noted for “doing wonderful things for the park to make it a great place for the community and a beautiful tribute to the family.”
“[Fred] left a legacy of giving and support to his community and beyond,” said area resident Felicia Heaton. “He was a great guy and terrific supporter of PSU [Coaches Versus Cancer]. He will be missed,” shared Holly Walker of State College. He was also known for supporting local 4-H and FFA clubs.
La Famiglia DelGrosso expressed gratitude for the support and love from the community. “[It] gives us strength during this time of sorrow,” the family said. “Fred was a son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Fred’s happiest moments involved treasured family meals with delicious food.”
Fred was known as the creator of DelGrosso’s “Uncle Fred’s Fireworks Sauce,” a recipe he created over 30 years ago for his family and friends. He had many hobbies, was a farmer and appreciated agriculture.
“He was a wonderful man,” said Rhonda Dillon of Tyrone. “Even after working [at the park] 30-plus years ago, every time I saw him we talked.”
A 1961 Bellwood-Antis High School graduate, Fred was preceded by a sister, Cynthia Gardella, and is survived by his wife, Cathy; children DiAmanda (Marvin) Murray, Denise (John) Gilliland, Danny (Bridget), Freddy, Michael (Sherry), and Mary Alice (Ray) Kauffman; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Ann (Carl, Sr.) Crider and Linda DelGrosso; brothers James (Barbara), Bo (Sandi), and Joseph (Linda); brother-in-law Peter Gardella; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A full obituary in Fred’s memory is available at https://russinfuneralhome.com.