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Name: Donald J. Scotilla
Funeral Home: Askew-Houser Funeral Homes
Born: February 13, 1933
Died: January 9, 2017
Obituary: SCOTILLA - Donald J., 83, of Ebensburg, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at home. Born February 13,1933, in Johnstown, son of the late James and Florence (Risaliti) Scotilla. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Patricia (Kerchenske) Scotilla; his dear Aunt Tressie; his daughter Jill Ramacciotti, her husband Giorgio and their two children Mark and Chesa; his son Scott, his wife Maggie and their two daughters, Delaney and York; his stepson Chris Rice, his wife Kelly and their two children Ashley and Cory; stepdaughter Rhonda Rice; stepdaughter Dana (Rice) Descavish, her husband Craig and their 2 children Brianna and Bryce; and stepson Darrin, his daughter Kaylee and her son Blake. He was a lifelong teacher, coach and administra-tor in various positions throughout Cambria County. He graduated from Ebensburg Cambria High School (where he was All-State at the position of center in his senior season of football), and later from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before enlisting in the United States Army where he spent time throughout Europe. While there, he became the head football coach of the 7th Army Special Troops football team which began a coaching career to compliment his love for teaching. While he spent time teaching in the Detroit city school system, Richland Township and eventually at Central Cambria High School, the vast majority of his teaching and coaching time was spent at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg. At different points there he held the positions of: head golf coach, head basketball coach, head football coach, and eventually vice principal in addition to teaching his specialty fields of History and Social Studies. Included among many coaching accomplishments were: winning the Pittsburgh Catholic City League Sec-tion A championship 2 years running (1970, 71) and having an instrumental role with his peers from the Cambria Area Coaches Association by starting The Ken Lantzy Classic All Star football game in 1970 (which later came to benefit Easter Seals). He was inducted into the Western Penn-sylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and honored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Dapper Dan club in 1971. Later, as president of Easter Seals, he and his team assisted in the rebuilding effort after the 1977 Johnstown flood. Also in 1977 he transitioned to the role of Vice Principal at Bishop Carroll High School where he remained until retiring from that position in 1988. Addi-tionally, he spent summers working for the State School in Ebensburg and in multiple roles at the Ebensburg Country Club including head greens keeper, and pro-shop and bar manager from the late 1970’s through 1989. In 1991 he accepted the role of Court Administrator for Cambria County. He remained there until retiring in 2010. He was an avid golfer and bowler. He loved watching any and all Penn State University and University of Michigan athletic teams and the St. Louis Cardinals with his beloved dogs Jasper and Daisy by his side. Friends will be received from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., Ebensburg, where a vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday at Holy Name Church, the Rev. David Lockard, celebrant. Entombment at Holy Name Mausoleum. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made directly to the Central PA Humane Society ( or The Holy Name Grade School Angel Fund.