Greensburg physician had impact on thousands of lives
J. William Caretti kept track of the number of babies he delivered over his long career as an OB-GYN doctor. By the time he retired, the tally had reached 9,000.
“Whenever you went out to the mall, or to the store, people would recognize him and say, ‘Oh, you delivered my child,' ” said Dorothy Ann Caretti, his wife of 55 years.
His oldest daughter, Kathleen Holser, got used to people recognizing her dad anywhere they went.
“He touched so many people's lives, so any time people would talk about him, they had a smile on their face and they always had some kind of warm story to share with me,” she said.
Dr. J. William “Bill” Caretti, 83, of Greensburg died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. He was born June 2, 1934, in Kittanning, to the late Raynold J. and Eva Elisabeth Klein Caretti.
Dr. Caretti met his future wife in 1961 at South Side Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she was a nurse and he was a medical intern with a particular sense of fashion.
“He always used to wear a red tie, and I asked him one day, ‘Do you have socks to match your tie?' And he said no,” Mrs. Caretti said.
She bought him two pairs of red socks, and they were married not long after.
Dr. Caretti served as a medical officer in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, with tours in Germany, Alabama and Delaware.
He worked for many years at Excela Hospital and Jeannette District Memorial Hospital.
When he retired, not all his patients were happy about it.
“I was getting phone calls at our home wanting to make appointments with him,” his wife said.
Dr. Caretti was an avid reader who always looked for ways to improve in his profession.
“He never stopped wanting to learn, and when he was in practice, he was always learning about the next procedure or about a new way to do something,” Mrs. Holser said.
In retirement, he spent his time reading, skiing, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, enjoying time with his large family and going out to eat with other retired doctors.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his children, Kathleen Holser and husband James of Queensbury, N.Y.; David Caretti and wife Christina Del Bene of Bel Air, Md.; Stephen Caretti and wife Jennifer Kerr of Greensburg; Barbara Bizzoso and husband Gregory of Lincroft, N.J.; Monica Joyce and husband Daniel of Upper St. Clair; Leonard Caretti and wife Joanna Evans of Ashburn, Va.; and 13 grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of service at 1 p.m. at Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.
The family suggests donations be made to the Westmoreland Hospital Foundation, 443 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.