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Dancing was second nature to Export man

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004

Conrad J. Cassol's love of dancing endured for many decades.

The 84-year-old Export man, who danced to tunes of the Big Band era in his youth, continued to dance until the past year, said his sister, Ada C. King, of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Cassol died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004. He was born July 17, 1920, in Delmont, a son of the late Giovani and Assunta Balest Cassol, both of whom were Italian immigrants.

Mr. Cassol was a social member of the Blue Club, a nightclub in the Penn Township village of Claridge. He and his wife, Elizabeth Yuhas Cassol, were so talented in ballroom dancing and polka dancing that people would stop and watch them, King said.

In addition to dancing, King said her brother enjoyed taking the microphone and singing.

"He was charismatic. He was a hard-working, fun-loving father and brother," King said.

Mr. Cassol also was an avid hunter of both small game and deer.

He grew up on the family farm, where he learned to operate farm machinery, King said.

Mr. Cassol was a World War II veteran. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant in the South Pacific, Philippines and Hawaiian islands.

After the war, he married Elizabeth Yuhas. The couple enjoyed traveling together, King said.

Mr. Cassol was employed by Manordale Gas and Oil Co. He retired as a driver for Matlack and had brokered for another trucking firm, Coastal Tank Lines.

He was a member of the White Valley AMVETS and the Manor American Legion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rose Morosini and Flora Fontana.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Yuhas Cassol; a daughter, Linda Strahota and husband, Edward, of Murrysville; a son, John C. Cassol and wife, Lori, of Weston, Conn.; two sisters, Ada C. King and V.C. Faulk and husband, Joseph, all of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Robert Y. Cassol and wife, Kathleen, of Murrysville, Albert F. Cassol and wife, Ilene, of White Valley, and Adam J. Cassol and wife, Wilma, of Blacksburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Samantha, Sierra, Caroline and John; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends were received in the Vaia Funeral Home Inc., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. todayin St. Mary's Church, Export, with the Rev. James Goldberg as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

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