Al Pegolo, 93, of Berlin, died at home on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. He was born in Plainville on May 16, 1924, to the late Angelo and Angela (Ortolan) Pegolo.
He left high school to join the U.S. Army in 1943. Following basic training, he was assigned to Engineer Corps training, after which he joined the 254th Engineers Combat Battalion and fought his way across Europe. He started outside London, England, went to D-Day in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge and through Europe to Czechoslovakia at the war’s end. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, having been wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and having returned to active duty with his unit three weeks later.
Al was a devoted son, brother, uncle and great-uncle. He is survived by his brothers, Joseph Pegolo of Berlin and Robert (Elaine) Pegolo of New Britain; a sister-in-law, Vivian Pegolo of Plainville; and several nieces and nephews, who he absolutely loved, including a devoted niece, Barbara Nims, and her husband Jack. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary (Pegolo) Bighinatti, and by a brother, Roger Pegolo. The family would like to thank his caregiver, Walter, for his wonderful care and attention to Al.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 479 Alling St., Kensington. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. A calling hour will be held on Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 S. Main St., New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to St. Paul’s Church in Kensington. Please share a memory of Al with the family in the online guest book at www.ericksonhansen.com .