Sonty J. Finchio Jr., age 71, of Erie, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 19, 2022. He was born on January 26, 1951 in Erie, PA, the son of Wanda Ray and the late Sonty Finchio Sr. He, along with his one brother and five sisters, grew up on the family’s farm and attended Fort LeBoeuf Schools. He served his country from 1968-1969 on a US Navy Destroyer in the South Pacific. After his service time, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jane, and together they raised five wonderful children. 

   In 1976, Sonty joined the Laborors’ International Union in Whyodak, WY.  As he developed and applied his prior skills, he became an expert in all phases of construction. During his 36 years of service in the field, he led major construction projects, such as bridge-building, in the Ashtabula, OH area. The go-to-guy with questions on fixing or repairing anything, Sonty remained an active member of the laborors’ union throughout his lifetime. He was also a member of the American Legion.

   Sonty instilled his work ethic and morals in his kids, and taught them old-school values, and to stand up for what they believed in. He loved his family time, kids, grandkids, and friends, and especially enjoyed family picnics with a campfire and tunes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing repairs in the shop, riding motorcycles, working on the farm, playing his harmonica, and riding out on the back mountain.

   Survivors include his mother, Wanda Ray; three daughters- Katrina Finchio, Rhonda Glaser (Shane), Sara English (Adam); one son- Sonty J. Finchio III (Clara); five sisters and one brother- Sylvia Nichols, Tommy Finchio, Gloria Ellis, Louise Guie, Charlotte Finchio, and Deborah Laurento; 13 grandchildren, 6  great-grandchildren; and many more beloved family and friends. 

   He is preceded in death by his dad Sonty J. Finchio Sr., his wife Betty Jane Carnes Finchio, and his daughter Pamela Finchio.

   Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Edinboro on Friday, November 25th from 2-4 and 5-7 pm.