Mr. Peter Murray Adania, 76 of Lake Wylie, SC, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at CaroMont Health, Gastonia, NC.
Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 4820 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, SC. The family will receive friends before the service from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Interment will take place in Lafayette, LA at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Peter Murray Adania was born on March 24, 1943 in The Bronx, NY to the late David and Anne Adania. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School (NY) in 1959 at the age of 16. In 1964 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served for six years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1970. Pete then enjoyed a long and successful career in the hospitality industry, managing restaurants and then hotels in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. While managing the Parkway Center Inn and Pavilion Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA, he met the love of his life, Rita Renee Kotchka. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh on November 3rd, 1973 and spent the next 46 years living a life full of love, family, and great food. After his retirement in 2006, they moved to Lake Wylie, South Carolina and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, making new friends and traveling. One of Pete’s favorite hobbies was driving his 1966 Ford Mustang and bringing it to local car shows in and around the Carolinas where it won several awards. He and Rita still loved to keep up with their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers each and every week during football season.
Survivors include his wife Rita Kotchka Adania; son Daniel Peter (Elizabeth) Adania of Lafayette, LA; daughter Stacey Adania Gonzales of Austin, TX; son Jared Michael Adania of Colorado; sister Laura Frances Adania of Portland, OR; and grandchildren Reagan Shelby & Cameron David Adania and Sonny Rey Gonzales.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Peter Adania, Cameron David Adania, Gary Duda and Ron Lamparter. Honorary Pallbearers will be Darrell Kotchka, Gary Kotchka, Christopher Sheldon, Jeff Brinda, Bob Gansfuss, Jim Femia, Joe Mulea, Gary Brant, Chris Van Way and John Van Way.
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