March 18, 1926 - March 3, 2021
Pete was the oldest child of Peter and Onorina Liveratti. He had two beloved younger sisters,
Angelina Bruce and Sylvia Zibrat.
As a boy, he enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, building wooden airplanes and getting into
mischief. He enjoyed throwing the planes out of the 3rd story window of his parents house so he
could see them fly. He learned to play the piano and became quite good at it.
He graduated from Westinghouse Memorial High School in 1944 and entered the Navy that
year. He was stationed at Norfolk Naval Yard and served until 1946.
After leaving the Navy, Pete attended Duquesne University. He graduated with a degree in
Pharmacy in May 1950.
He married the love of his life, Velma Moroso, on July 18, 1950. They celebrated their 70th
anniversary in 2020—a good thing in such a hard year.
Pete and Velma lived in a multi generational house. Pete’s mother, father and brother-in-law all
lived upstairs in the house at 612 Airbrake Avenue. In 1951, Pete was blessed when another
generation was added to the house —his only son, John Anthony.
Pete worked as a pharmacist for 44 years. His first job was with Sun Drug in Braddock, PA. He
worked at Milo’s, Grimm’s, Ferri’s and finally East McKeesport Pharmacies. He ended his career
as a relief pharmacist, which required him to travel across Pennsylvania to fill in for other
Pete also ran for office in Wilmerding several times. Many of his family and friends will
remember his handmade sign “Vote ‘em all out”. He also served as a voting official on election
day for many years.
Pete and Velma made many car trips across country to visit John and his wife, Mary (Burns), in
Nevada. These trips became annual in the 1980s when a grandson, Marc Anthony, and a
granddaughter, Sara Nicole, were born. Marc and Sara traveled to Pennsylvania (sometimes
with their grandparents and sometimes not) for 2 to 4 weeks each summer.
Pete and Velma enjoyed spoiling their grandchildren while they were in Wilmerding. They did a
lot of shopping and often stopped to see Pete’s classmate “Gig” at Folino’s.
Besides spoiling his grandchildren, Pete had a second career in his retirement years. He and
Velma spent a lot of time volunteering. Two of their long time volunteer services were delivering
Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors and working at the Carnegie Science Center in
Pittsburg. The Science Center awarded them pins for their volunteer service of more than 25
Pete and Velma also volunteered as Marshalls at local marathons including the Susan G.
Koman Race for Breast Cancer for many, many years. They volunteered right up until the
pandemic at the Eastern Orthodox Church making pirogies and they weren’t even members of
the church. Velma is a whiz at making pirogies and Pete was a master kibitzer.
Although Pete came across as a quiet guy to a lot of people, he loved being around family and
friends. He enjoyed sitting on his front porch and talking to people as they walked by.
Pete and Velma traveled across country by train in 2013 to attend the wedding of grandson,
Marc, and Caitlin Garvey in California and to welcome Caity into the family.
But the greatest highlights of the last few years were the births of his great-grandsons. In 2015,
Pete and Velma took the train to Seattle to meet their new great grandson, Oliver Pietro. In
2018, his second great grandson, Thomas Callahan, traveled to Wilmerding to meet Pete.
The family requests a donation be made to a local non-profit, such as Meals on Wheels or food
banks, in lieu of flowers.
There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements by Alfieri Funeral Home, Wilmerding. Please visit us at, www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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