Builder turned customers into friends
Charles Bosetti appreciated a good joke, but he also was a tough opponent, his family said.
After being diagnosed with heart disease, he lived four years longer than doctors had predicted he would, said one of his sons, Charles J. Bosetti of Green Tree.
His last words to his six children were, “ ‘It's all right, kids. No problems,' ” his son said.
Charles A. Bosetti of Brentwood died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Baldwin Health Center in Whitehall. He was 92.
He was a self-made businessman who cherished his loved ones and made longtime friends, his family said.
“It's relatively rare for a businessman to make personal friends of so many customers,” his son said.
Born to Carlo and Adelina Bosetti, Mr. Bosetti grew up on a farm in Smithton. He relocated to Pittsburgh when he was in his early 20s and enlisted in the Marines in 1942, his family said.
He fought in battles at Guam and Iwo Jima during World War II. Mr. Bosetti earned a Purple Heart for wounds he suffered at Guam.
Mr. Bosetti was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1946, the same year he married Therese Macaluso.
After holding several construction-related jobs, he founded Malco Construction Co. in 1953. The company built houses all over Allegheny County, including about 40 in the Munhall and West Mifflin areas, his family said.
Mr. Bosetti operated the construction company for 35 years. After he closed Malco, he sold real estate for a company in Brentwood.
He was a hard worker who liked gardening, spending time with his children and playing the accordion, said his son Michael Bosetti of Syracuse, N.Y.
In addition to his sons Charles and Michael, Mr. Bosetti is survived by his children, Marina Bosetti of Raleigh, N.C.; Matthew Bosetti of Brookline; Terri Hollowell of Fremont, N.C.; and Anne Marie Lagalante of Queens, N.Y.; and one granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Therese, and nine siblings: Mary Schneider Bucolo, Theresa Cornella, Jean Fritzky, Agnes Regan, Kay Story Burns, Nora Nannini and William, Irene and Walter Bosetti.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home Inc., 3501 Main St., Munhall.
A blessing service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by private burial. There will be a Marine honor guard at the burial.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.