Age 93, of Churchill Borough, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Beloved husband of Jane (Polichio) Pellegrini. Loving father of Jean Pasternak (Mike), Casimir J. Pellegrini, III (Beth), John Pellegrini, Jane Miklasevich (Michael Mesoras), and Esther Ungarean (Tim). Grandfather of Jayne, Michael, Stephen, and Esther Pasternak; Casimir IV, Thaddeus, and Mia Pellegrini; Jack and Jason Pellegrini; Joe Chiodo; Matthew, Alex, and Julia Miklasevich; and Timothy and Ryan Ungarean. Brother of Betsy Kronick and the late Zelma Denardo. Brother-in-law of Connie Polichio, Esther Polichio (the late Robert Dick), the late Rose Ferraro (Lou), Germaine Bellissimo (Joseph), Frances Kisick (Evan), Jean Kress (Edward), and Dante Polichio. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
‘Bud’ was born January 27, 1928, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Casimir J., Sr. and Marie (O’Donnell) Pellegrini. He grew up on Monitor Street in Squirrel Hill, and lived in Point Breeze before moving to Churchill. He attended grade school at St. Philomena, Central Catholic High School ’47, and Carnegie Tech ‘51 where he earned a B.A. in Architecture, as did his late father and his son. In spite of his hearing loss in one ear, he answered the nation’s call of duty. He was an Army Veteran, Corps of Engineers, Korean War 1953-55 where he was drafted as Private then achieved the rank of Sergeant. After an honorable discharge, he worked for Rust Engineering before joining his father as partner at Casimir J. Pellegrini Associates, Architects, AIA. His architectural works include residential projects, major renovations to Pittsburgh Public Schools, and many projects for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, including St. Fidelis Chapel, Herman; Calvary Cemetery Oratory, Greenfield; St. Anthony Home for Exceptional Children, Oakmont; the churches and schools at both Our Lady of Loretto, Brookline and North American Martyrs, Monroeville; St. James Church, Sewickley; the Chapel at Mount Assisi Convent, Bellevue; and major renovations to St. Mary Mercy Church, downtown Pittsburgh and Most Holy Name, Troy Hill. He received the 1950 Rust Architecture Award and won the 1977 James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation’s national competition for best design of welded structures for his unique use of Cor-Ten steel in the bridges he designed for Churchill Valley Country Club.
Bud was a passionate & accomplished golfer and longtime member of the former Churchill Valley Country Club. He shot his age multiple times, won a car for a hole-in-one, and won Club Championship and Senior Club Championship in the same year. He was a member of St. John Fisher Church, where he faithfully attended mass every Sunday. He served his community by donating his architectural services in betterment of his fellow citizens in Churchill and the City of Pittsburgh.
By far Bud's most rewarding achievement was the beautiful dream home he designed and built for his loving wife and family. His home became a vibrant hub where family and friends gathered for countless celebrations while enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding golf course. Bud was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was Jane’s beloved 'King’ for 64 blessed years of marriage. He was exceedingly proud of the many achievements of his 5 children and 15 grandchildren, one of whom is a 2021 Olympian. He will always be remembered for his gentlemanly nature, keen intelligence, adorable sense of humor, and his love of family and country. Bud was a beautiful example of America’s Greatest Generation. He will be deeply missed.
Friends will be received at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221, on Sunday, August 8, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John Fisher Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 33 Lewin Lane, Churchill on Monday at 10 a.m. After the Mass, a burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Casimir J. Jr. and Jane Pellegrini Memoriam Fund, c/o Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213; or Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212,www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org/donate/.
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Little Sisters of the Poor
1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Casimir J. Jr. and Jane Pellegrini Memoriam Fund
c/o Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213