Veteran Delivered Newspapers with Dedication
Vondas, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The three loves in Fred Stridinger's life were his wife, his pipe and the 32 years he spent delivering the Valley News Dispatch of Tarentum.
"Fred was completely devoted to working for the Valley," said his wife, Josephine Stridinger. "By the time he retired several years ago, he had built up his route to include customers within a 100- mile radius."
Fred A. Stridinger of West Deer, died of cancer on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at the St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Richland. He was 78.
"Fred's day began at 4 in the morning," his wife said. "When the Valley first began printing USA Today, he was up at 1 a.m."
His daughter, Patti Navillat, recalled the concern her father had for his elderly customers.
"There were certain spaces around the homes of many of the elderly where it was easy for them to get their paper," said Navillat.
"When Dad would take my daughter Gina (Pelino) on his route, he'd have her place the newspapers at those spaces. And then he'd make sure that Gina properly inserted the newspapers in the tubes because of the possibility of rain."
Josephine Stridinger also said how every family member, including her, was recruited during the Christmas holidays when the newspapers were loaded with advertisements.
Born in Monongahela, Washington County, and raised in West Deer, Mr. Stridinger was one of three children in the family of Rudolph and Minnie Affinito Stridinger.
His father was employed as a mechanic for Duquesne Light Co.
To help his family during the Depression, Mr. …