Attilio ‘Tim’ P. Ruggieri, 96, of 9 Stonewood Drive Ext., Belleville, Menno Township, Mifflin County, died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at his home.

Born April 8, 1923, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Benjamin and Lauretta Maria (Ponterarelli) Ruggieri. He married the former Maria E. Gabriel Oct. 13, 1942. Mrs. Ruggieri preceded him in death Feb. 12, 2017.

He is survived by his children, Terry Gearheart and husband, Len, Belleville, Mitzi Ruggieri, Mohnton, John Ruggieri and wife, Lisa, Doylestown, Tricia of Perkasie and Elizabeth of Erie; 11 grandchildren, Donna, Lisa, Lynette, Joey, Melissa, Ashley, Andrea, Brad, John, Timmy and Emily; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A brother, Joseph Ruggieri, Warminster, also survives.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Alfred, Leo, Ernest, Albert and Daniel, and three sisters, Edith Vasso, Angelina Bonanni and Josephine DiBridgda.

Mr. Ruggieri and his wife attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Lewistown.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Mr. Ruggieri retired as a self-employed auto mechanic.

Living in Belleville, he became known as “the harmonica man.” He played his harmonica at numerous festivals, senior centers, Country Memories Days, etc. He enjoyed cooking and baking for his friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lewistown with the Rev. Father William Weary and the Rev. Father Jay Amalanathan officiating. Committal will take place in the Machpelah Cemetery, Belleville, following the service.

Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at West Kish Presbyterian Church in Belleville at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, 3813 West Main St., Belleville.

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We were blessed to have Tim visit our church a number of times and have him play his harmonica at the Most Holy Trinity Bereavement Mass just last year. What a blessing. Love and prayers to the family from Shirley and Larry Powell, Huntingdon, PA>