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James E. Castellani Obituary

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James E. Castellani

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

October 4, 1953 - May 18, 2024

James E. Castellani Obituary

James E. Castellani, cherished husband, devoted father, and beloved grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the age of 70. His departure leaves a void in our hearts, but his memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who knew him.


Jim worked as a Branch Manager for Laurel Vending for many years, followed by a short stint with Veterans Cab services before he became ill.


He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks No. 907 and served on the board of trustees for 17 years. He also was a past Exalted Ruler and an avid Golfer. Jim also coached Latrobe Derry Teener League Baseball for many years. He was a member of The Greek Club, Derry Rod & Gun Club, F&J Bow & Gun Club, The White House Club, and Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Club. Jim handled his Liquor Pigs Group and “33” Club members for many years, golfing and cooking with his wife for all events. He was an avid sports fan and cherished the Steelers, Nittany Lions, and all PA sports.


Born on October 4, 1953, he was a son of the late Mario J. Castellani and Emily M. (Heiple) Castellani.  Jim led a life defined by love, kindness, and unwavering dedication to his family. He touched the lives of countless individuals with his compassionate spirit and boundless generosity, leaving an enduring legacy that will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those he leaves behind.


As a husband, Jim was the epitome of love and devotion, sharing 27 years of cherished memories with his beloved wife, Melissa. Their partnership was a testament to the power of love, loyalty, and mutual respect, serving as an inspiration to all who witnessed their bond.


As a father, Jim welcomed his children into his heart with open arms, embracing them as his own and providing unwavering support, guidance, and encouragement throughout their lives. His presence brought joy and stability to their lives, and his legacy of love will continue to shape their journeys for generations to come.


As a grandfather, Jim was a source of endless love, laughter, and wisdom, enriching the lives of his grandchildren with his playful spirit and gentle guidance. He cherished every moment spent with them, creating cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.


Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Melissa; his loving children, Jeremy (Elisabet) and Christopher Metzger; adoring grandchildren, Makayla, Johnathan, McKenna, and Avri Metzger, Sylvia Eriksdottir, Hafdis (Fredrik), Gisli Einarsson; great-grandchildren, Kristy Metzger & Freyja Engelbrecht; sister, Carol Piper (Sonny); brother, Brian Castellani (Posie); cousin, Debbie Anderson (Mark) & extended family; nieces and nephews, Breanna and Ben Castellani, Chad (Kelly) and Cheyenne Piper, Jeremy Piper, and a host of other family members and friends who were blessed to know him.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 PM Wednesday at the Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home, LLC, 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 5 PM Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Salvatore Lamendola officiating.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held immediately following the funeral liturgy at the Greek Club in Bradenville.


We would like to Thank ViaQuest Hospice and his caregiver Pam Chesla, and her family, for the awesome care, love and compassion you gave to Jim and his family. You will never be forgotten; we love you all!


Though Jim may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will live on in the countless lives he touched with his kindness, compassion, and unwavering love. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten, his legacy of love shines brightly in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Frontotemporal Lobe Lewy Body Disease took Jim, but Jesus has him now! To sign the online guest book, send condolences, or share a story, please visit www.lopatichbrinker.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James E. Castellani hosted by Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home.

James E. Castellani, cherished husband, devoted father, and beloved grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the age of 70. His departure leaves a void in our hearts, but his memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who knew him.


Jim worked as a Branch Manager for Laurel Vending for many years, followed by a short stint with Veterans Cab services before he became ill.


He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks No. 907 and served on the board of trustees for 17 years. He also was a past Exalted Ruler and an avid Golfer. Jim also coached Latrobe Derry Teener League Baseball for many years. He was a member of The Greek Club, Derry Rod & Gun Club, F&J Bow & Gun Club, The White House Club, and Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Club. Jim handled his Liquor Pigs Group and “33” Club members for many years, golfing and cooking with his wife for all events. He was an avid sports fan and cherished the Steelers, Nittany Lions, and all PA sports.


Born on October 4, 1953, he was a son of the late Mario J. Castellani and Emily M. (Heiple) Castellani.  Jim led a life defined by love, kindness, and unwavering dedication to his family. He touched the lives of countless individuals with his compassionate spirit and boundless generosity, leaving an enduring legacy that will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those he leaves behind.


As a husband, Jim was the epitome of love and devotion, sharing 27 years of cherished memories with his beloved wife, Melissa. Their partnership was a testament to the power of love, loyalty, and mutual respect, serving as an inspiration to all who witnessed their bond.


As a father, Jim welcomed his children into his heart with open arms, embracing them as his own and providing unwavering support, guidance, and encouragement throughout their lives. His presence brought joy and stability to their lives, and his legacy of love will continue to shape their journeys for generations to come.


As a grandfather, Jim was a source of endless love, laughter, and wisdom, enriching the lives of his grandchildren with his playful spirit and gentle guidance. He cherished every moment spent with them, creating cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.


Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Melissa; his loving children, Jeremy (Elisabet) and Christopher Metzger; adoring grandchildren, Makayla, Johnathan, McKenna, and Avri Metzger, Sylvia Eriksdottir, Hafdis (Fredrik), Gisli Einarsson; great-grandchildren, Kristy Metzger & Freyja Engelbrecht; sister, Carol Piper (Sonny); brother, Brian Castellani (Posie); cousin, Debbie Anderson (Mark) & extended family; nieces and nephews, Breanna and Ben Castellani, Chad (Kelly) and Cheyenne Piper, Jeremy Piper, and a host of other family members and friends who were blessed to know him.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 PM Wednesday at the Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home, LLC, 601 Weldon Street, Latrobe. A funeral liturgy will be held at 5 PM Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Salvatore Lamendola officiating.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held immediately following the funeral liturgy at the Greek Club in Bradenville.


We would like to Thank ViaQuest Hospice and his caregiver Pam Chesla, and her family, for the awesome care, love and compassion you gave to Jim and his family. You will never be forgotten; we love you all!


Though Jim may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will live on in the countless lives he touched with his kindness, compassion, and unwavering love. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten, his legacy of love shines brightly in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Frontotemporal Lobe Lewy Body Disease took Jim, but Jesus has him now! To sign the online guest book, send condolences, or share a story, please visit www.lopatichbrinker.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James E. Castellani hosted by Lopatich-Brinker Funeral Home.

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