|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1918|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2010|
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday for Andrew Anthony Prelee of Whispering Oaks, Hermitage, formerly of McClure Avenue, Sharon, and South Kerrwood Drive, Hermitage. He passed away peacefully of natural causes at 9:20 a.m. Sunday (6-20-10) in Liberty (Township) Health Center, Trumbull County. He was 92.
Mr. Prelee was born June 2, 1918, in Sharon, a son of Joseph and Mary Rose Saul Prelee.
Andrew graduated from Sharon High School in 1936 and attended Dana School of Music at what is now Youngstown State University.
He was employed for two years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., and later for 35 years by the U.S. Postal Service, where he had worked as a letter carrier and window technician. He retired June 30, 1972.
He was a former member of Local 113 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Local 869 of the National Federation of Postal Clerks, Sharon.
He also was employed for seven years at the Pennsylvania State Liquor Store and at the former Sebastian Music Store in Hermitage, where he gave trumpet lessons for 18 years.
Mr. Prelee was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving with the Army in the 66th Black Panther Division. He arrived in France on Christmas Eve 1944 and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged after the war with medals and citations including the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and ultimately, the World War II Victory Medal.
He was an active member and usher at St. Joseph's Church, Sharon, and a former member of Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, and Sacred Heart Church, Sharon, where he had been the director of the boys band.
Some of his other memberships included Catholic War Veterans Shenango Valley Post 1446, for which he had served as past commander; American Legion Post 299 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1338; Local 187 of the Sharon Musicians Association, now New Castle No. 25; and Knights of Columbus Council 684 and the Fourth Degree Assembly 0960 where he had served as past faithful navigator, all in Sharon.
He was a familiar face at the annual Sharon Memorial Day parades and served as past chairman and treasurer on the Sharon Memorial Day Committee.
Andy, as he was known by his close friends and family, loved to play the trumpet and played professionally with many local dance bands.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Masters, whom he married in 1939, in 1976; his second wife, the former Pearl Carly, whom he married in 1978, in 1988; and his third wife, Elva L. Myers Jones Meszaros, whom he married in 1991, in 2005.
Surviving are: his daughter, Mary Andrea "Babe" Horvath, Cape Coral, Fla.; his son, Joseph James Prelee and his wife Becky, Liberty, Ohio; his stepdaughter, Cheryl Faylo and her husband Edward; his three stepsons, Sonny Meszaros and his wife Bonnie; Ernie Meszaros and his wife Ruth; and Gary Meszaros and his wife Katie; and a brother, Joseph V. "Mike" Prelee and his wife Arlene.
He also leaves 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his three wives, Andrew was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harry F. Prelee.
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage, with full military honors provided by Sharon Honor Guard.
Anne Masters Prelee (1919 - 1976)
Elva L. Myers Meszaros (1914 - 2005)
Joseph James Prelee (1943 - 2010)*
Saint Marys Cemetery
Created by: Andrea Grega
Record added: Jun 24, 2010
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