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Edward J. Petro

July 9, 1924 November 1, 2018
Edward J. Petro
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Obituary for Edward J. Petro

Edward J. Petro, age 94, of Collegeville, PA, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2018. Born July 9, 1924 in Freeland, PA, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (nee Metro) Petro.

Edward served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as an airplane mechanic repairing and testing aircraft. After his service he obtained employment as a Corrections Officer at Graterford Penitentiary. His career there spanned more than thirty-five years and included various roles including administration, manager of the carpentry shop, and, at the time of his retirement in 1989, manager of the Correctional Industries at Graterford.

Edward enjoyed carpentry and woodworking as well as tinkering on engines. Known as “Jim” throughout his childhood, and then “Pete” in his later years, Edward was known for lending a helping hand whenever needed for friends and neighbors.

After the loss of his beloved wife of twenty years, Judith (nee Ruth) Petro to cancer in 1978, Edward raised their ten year old daughter Julie, dedicated to supporting her and her education.

Edward was the loving father of Julie Mongiello (Matthew); devoted grandfather of Maxwell J. and Daniel N. Mongiello; the dear brother of Margaret Serock (nee Petro). He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Helen Petro. Edward is also survived by his loving companion of nearly forty years, Margaret Zimmer, her sons James and John (Anna) and their children Derrick and Desiree.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation, Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:30 to 10:30 AM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, 610-353-6300, followed by his Funeral Mass, 11:00 AM at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Interment at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA. Luncheon immediately to follow at William Penn Inn, Gwynedd, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors Family Support ( or Cancer Research Institute (

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9:30 AM 11/8/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 11/8/2018 10:30:00 AM
The Donohue Funeral Home

3300 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073

The Donohue Funeral Home
3300 West Chester Pike Newtown Square 19073 PA
United States

Funeral Mass




11:00 AM 11/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Anastasia Church

3301 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073

St. Anastasia Church
3301 West Chester Pike Newtown Square 19073 PA
United States

Cemetery Details


Whitemarsh Memorial Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

Memorial Contribution

Cancer Research Institute

55 Broadway, Suite 1802
New York, NY 10006

Wounded Warriors Family Support

920 S. 107th Avenue, Suite 250
Omaha, NE 68114

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