Michael A. Durso

World War II Veteran, Musician

Michael Angelo Durso, 89, of Berwick, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village. For the past 3 ½ years, Michael resided at Elmcroft of Berwick.

Born in Berwick on September 29, 1927, he was one of twelve children of the late Angelo and Frances (Chickalese) Durso. Michael attended Berwick schools, and proudly served in his country in the US Army during WWII. While in the Army, Michael, along with his twin brother, Frank, played the trumpet in the US Army Band from 1945-1547.

Michael worked for 17 years at the Fulton Lamp Factory, Berwick. Also, he was employed by Weis Super Market, and as a crossing guard in Berwick.

He had a true enjoyment of music and a passion for playing the trumpet. Michael started playing the trumpet at eh youthful age of 5, being taught by his father, Angelo. Following his passion, Michael was a member of several bands which included: The Starlights, Glen Dodson Band, Dominos and The Colonial Band. His love of music will live on through his great-great nephew, Alex Peters, who is following in his footsteps and playing music with Michael’s trumpet.

Throughout Michael’s life, he was a dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 63 years, Eleanor E. (Toth) Durso, who died September 4, 2012; four brothers: Rudolph, Frank, Peter, and Ralph; and five sisters: Loretta Durso, Theresa Farthing, Frances Hill, Julia Krisansky, and Agnes Antalosky.

Michael is survived by two sisters: Rachael Belles and Louise Chicki, of Berwick.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, with his pastor, the Rev. Dennis G. Dalessandro as Celebrant. Interment will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

Online messages of comfort may be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com.