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Oreste “Rusty” Carioli

  • On December 11, 2020
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Oreste “Rusty” Carioli (72) died December 8, surrounded by love in a room decorated with memorabilia from his beloved Pittsburgh sports teams, including a jersey signed by Mario Lemieux and a personal note from Penguins CEO David Morehouse delivered in recognition of his brain cancer diagnosis. Rusty was a son of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, graduated from Edinboro State University in 1970, and married his high-school sweetheart Cyndie Gideon. This past November 28, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary as friends in cars drove by to visit the pair at their memorial bench in Mt. Lebanon.

In December, 1970, Rusty enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, with assignments at Craig AF (Selma, AL), Keesler AF (Biloxi, MS), and Selfridge ANG (Mt. Clemons, MI) bases before being honorably discharged in 1973.

In 1973, the Cariolis moved to Philadelphia (job related) and raised three children — two sons, Carly and Paco, and a daughter, Tia — before moving back to Pittsburgh in the 1990s. Rusty spent his professional career working for a single employer—the Social Security Administration, from which he retired last February after 48 years of service. In Philadelphia, Rusty was known as an avid softball player and soul-music collector who moonlighted as a wedding and party DJ under the name “Rocky the Disc Jockey.” He took the family on trips to Cape Kennedy to witness space shuttle launches and once built a spaceship in the family’s basement — out of cardboard, duct tape, and his old flight helmet — complete with a two-hour mission-simulation recording, which became a field-trip destination for local school children. He was an early adopter of home computing, and one of his illustrations — created on an Apple IIe — was published in the 1980s in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He instilled in his children a love of music, newspapers, education, and technology — and they grew up to become a rock critic, a schoolteacher, and a software project manager, so mission accomplished.

Back in the Pittsburgh area, at the age of 45, Rusty surprised friends and family by taking up long-distance running. Beginning with the Pittsburgh Marathon in 1993, he completed 25 marathons over the next 23 years, including the Boston Marathon in 2008. At age 70, he biked the Great Allegheny Passage from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, a distance of over 360 miles, alone. But running was his religion, and he continued to run after being diagnosed in June with a rare, aggressive, incurable brainstem tumor.

He is survived by his wife, Cyndie (Gideon); son Paco and grandchildren Luca and Gianna of Canonsburg; son Carly and his wife Kate and grandchildren Kaia, Liliana, and Margot of Arlington, Massachusetts; daughter Tia and her husband Erich Roehre of Somerville, Massachusetts; cousin Margie (Carioli) Clark, of Aliquippa and his black and gold Chevrolet Camaro convertible, which he nicknamed the Camarioli. He was preceded by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” (Syco) and father, Francis Carioli, of Ambridge.

In lieu of cards, flowers, etc., please consider making a tax-deductible donation ($5 recommended) to Rusty & Cyndie’s ACS ‘Relay for Life’ Team, CANCER CRUSHERS: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/CCarioli

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36 Comments

Pat Thibault
  • Dec 12 2020
I am so sorry Cyndie. Pat Thibault
Ruth ann Walter
  • Dec 12 2020
It certainly was a life well lived and full of meaning.❤
TINA AQUINO
  • Dec 12 2020
Rusty was a great friend. I always enjoyed his smiles and his hugs. He will be greatly missed by many, including me.
Albert A DePietro
  • Dec 12 2020
Rusty was a true friend of mine,I was also a avid runner we ran together many times, we belong to a running club in Pittsburg. PEOPLE WHO RUN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH every Tuesday aLL year. my GOOD fRIEND Rusty will be missed !! Albert DePietro
Billy Peronis
  • Dec 12 2020
Many memories of past times will be externally remembered and cherished. Memories held close to my heart.
Billy Peronis
  • Dec 12 2020
ShouI d read Eternally remembered
Ellen
  • Dec 12 2020
Cyndie, I am so very sorry to hear this news. I could always count on seeing Rusty (and you) at all my marathons. He and I would encourage each other in the last miles and it always spurred me on. You two were blessed with 50 years but I know that wasn’t enough. Sending you my love and prayers. Ellen Lamar
Kim Booker
  • Dec 12 2020
What a full life he lived. A true inspiration. My deepest condolences, Cyndie. I send you my love and am prayiníg for you.
Daniel Coonan
  • Dec 12 2020
Very glad to see the recognition of some of the high points in Rusty's wonderful life. He was a gentleman and all around great human being. We will miss him dearly. We will remember Rusty, Cyndie and the entire family in our prayers.
Laurie DeMarco
  • Dec 12 2020
Dear Cyndie, I'm so very sorry for your loss, and am thinking of you in this difficult time. Even though we did not live near and our later paths only crossed a few times, I have fond memories of your wedding, as well as our exchanges of epistles and family pictures. I'll always remember Rusty, and you, for kindness shown to the world, which will not be forgotten. I hope you feel surrounded by love from the many who loved and cared about him, and who will continue to care about you.
Judy Geidel
  • Dec 12 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Rusty for many years. No matter what computer issue he was helping me with, or how many other people were waiting for his help, he always made you feel like nothing was more important at that moment than helping you. His soft-spoken manner, kind words, and his smile, were so appreciated in the workplace--and so rare. He was truly one in a million. He loved talking about his wife, children, and grandchildren. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Tom pappas
  • Dec 12 2020
RIP my dear friend of 57 years. Fond memories from Ambridge to Edinburo. Especially the last few years as our TKE golf outings. May your memory be eternal.
James Bouril
  • Dec 12 2020
I am shocked. Rusty Is one of the best. You are in my prayers.
Jack Freiwald
  • Dec 12 2020
Extending my deepest sympathy to the family of Rusty Carioli. I got to know Rusty when he pledged TKE at Edinboro State College in the late 60s and I was an older TKE brother. Would see Rusty at the annual TKE golf outing periodically and several times ran into him in Peters Township. Rest in peace Rusty and say hello to all of our TKE brothers who have passed over the years....Dennis "Muz" Smith....John "Lardy" Davis and Rich Troiano just to name a few. Have a cold one with them and reminisce about those TKE days at the Boro. Jack Freiwald Kappa Mu Chapter/ Tau Kappa Epsilon 1965-1968
Bill Watson
  • Dec 13 2020
Cyndie, so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and family...May he rest in peace
Michele & Jack Gillespie
  • Dec 13 2020
We enjoyed working with Rusty. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a kind heart. Number one in his life was his family. So sorry for your loss.
Al Pitts
  • Dec 13 2020
My deepest sympathies to Cyndie, the kids and Grandkids and all of his good friends. Rusty was an exceptional man that was loved by all. He will be missed.
John wilcox
  • Dec 13 2020
Rusty, you will be missed. I met you through pwrd too. Thank you for setting the standard of a quality life. I'm glad I got to spend time with you.
Maxine
  • Dec 13 2020
Dear Family May you have peace to bring comfort,courage to face the days ahead,& loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Robert Richmond
  • Dec 13 2020
Cyndie: So sorry for you loss.. Rusty was our Pledge master at Edinboro.. He was a great guy and this will be a tremendous loss... I will miss him at our Annual Golf Outing where we always had a chance to reminiscence.. My condolences go out to your family...God Bless... Sincerely, Bob & Kath Richmond
Dana Daley
  • Dec 13 2020
Cyndie, I am so sorry for your loss.
Kathleen Crago
  • Dec 13 2020
To Cyndie and family I am so sorry for your loss.love and prayers are being sent your way.always Kathy White Crago
Larry “Snuffer” Simons
  • Dec 13 2020
What a great tribute to a great man and fraternity brother. Rusty and I first met in Ambridge so long ago and later at Edinboro. His calmness and easy-going manner were an inspiration to all he met. I will miss you dearly. The world has lost a good man.
Sue Moreman Peronis
  • Dec 13 2020
Our world is a lesser place without you in it. Godspeed, Rusty.
Marsha Quinn DePace.
  • Dec 13 2020
So sorry. I graduated with Rusty. We were not close but I knew who he was. So much sadness this year. I hope 2021 is better for all of us. Bless you as you start a new journey.
Larry Walter
  • Dec 13 2020
So sorry for your loss Cyndie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Erma Hoffman
  • Dec 14 2020
Cyndie & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss.
Casimir Korol
  • Dec 14 2020
Cyndie,You and your Family have my deepest sympathy. I'm very sorry of your loss. Rusty a wonderful Husband and Father. May he Rest In Peace, Amen. I'll lite a candle in Church for Rusty.
Joe & Barb
  • Dec 14 2020
Dear
Joe & Barb
  • Dec 14 2020
Dear Cyndie, so sorry to hear about Rusty. Deepest sympathy to you and family.
Sanghoon Lee
  • Dec 14 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. May Rusty rest in peace and grace.
Celia and Charles Shaffer
  • Dec 14 2020
Carioli Family: We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Rusty to be a strong man who was soft spoken, intellegent and a wonderful human being. His suffering is over and may he rest in peace.
Hugh Brannan
  • Dec 15 2020
Cyndie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Hugh and Jean Brannan
Jack Lively
  • Dec 15 2020
Cyndie, We are so very sorry to hear about Rusty. Sending you and your family our prayers and our heartfelt sympathy. He will truly be missed. with Love, Jack & Karen
Skip McCrory
  • Dec 19 2020
Cindy, I have known Rusty for some sixty plus years. He was always a quiet, polite, considerate person. And to the best of my knowledge, spent his life time as such. He was very happy and proud of you and the family. My deepest sympathy to you and your kids! Skip McCrory
Pat
  • Dec 21 2020
Thinking of you and Rusty. A life well-lived. Sadly, pat carr
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