Ted Dickey West Funeral Home

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Peter Ernest Ianace

November 24, 1948March 9, 2020

Pete Ianace of Frisco, Texas crossed over into the Land of Glory on March 9, 2020. He was known for his zest of life, positive outlook on everything and a man everyone was comfortable with. He loved people and brought sunshine into every room and every situation he encountered. Pete was born in Passau, Germany to an American Italian soldier and a German war bride. He came to the United States at the age of 5, only speaking German. His bright mind made it easy for him to adapt, even though his mother sent him to first grade in the American School in Arizona in a suit and tie. When told she should send him in blue jeans to fit in with the other children, she ironed and creased his blue jeans.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sophie and Ernesto Ianace.

Pete leaves behind the love of his life, Ronelle, whom he married in 1992 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and many other family members and friends. Ronelle is a co-owner of Zelda Rose Boutique in Denison, Texas.

He was "Dad" to three children who had the honor and privilege of working beside him daily in a business they co-founded. Ernie Ianace (Jessie), Lisa D'Auria (John), and Peter Ianace (Sarah).

He was known as "Papa Pete" by his eight beautiful grandchildren, whom he adored, Amanda D'Auria (21), Johnny D'Auria (19), Anthony Ianace (15), Landon Ianace (15), Ava Ianace (13), Gabriel Ianace (9), Charlie Ianace (7), and Sophie Ianace (3).

Pete's only brother, Ernie (Linda) resides in Boca Raton, Florida. The rest of the family lives locally.

He embraced his extended family, Mother-in-Law, Francis Phillips, of Mississippi and Frisco, Texas, his Sister-in-Law, Sherrie Castleberry, of Denison, Texas and Brother-in-law, Michael Castleberry, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pete's career also defined the man he was. Starting his technology career at the age of 17 at IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, he quickly rose through the ranks to serve as a corporate executive in IBM, AT&T and Nortel (formerly Northern Telecom). His entrepreneurial spirit took over and led him to found or co-found a number of technology companies, including his latest venture, VitalTech.

Being a sports spectator and enthusiast became a passion of his. He was constantly watching and checking scores for the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots, the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors and any other sports game he could find being broadcast. He could talk sports and statistics from 50 years back with anyone.

He was an avid tennis player and poker player. He loved card games, table games and anything which challenged his mind. The family called him their "resident musicologist" because his love of music dominated his downtime. There wasn't a genre he didn't love.

Pete yearned to spend vacations on the beach and envisioned that he would own a bar on a beach one day, sit around and talk to visitors and listen to Jimmy Buffet music all day long.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkway Hills Baptist Church in Plano, Texas on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11am with services conducted by Pastor Sam Dennis. Private interment to follow.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 13, 2020


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Jenny Morgan

March 24, 2020

Dear Peter, Ernie and all of Pete's family:

I had the great fortune to be introduced to Pete by a mutual work friend, which led to a current joint venture between my company and VitalTech, and I cannot begin to express my grief and sorrow of not being able to continue to work with Pete. He was an incredible gentleman, a bright shining light, and a joy to be around. On behalf of the entire team at Tate Technology, LLC, we wish to share our sincerest condolences, and to tell you how wonderful Pete was to work with - an absolute joy.

Kindest regards,
Jenny Tate Morgan

Roger Klotz

March 16, 2020

Pete, you were always always over the top no matter what you did. I have known you and Ronell for many years and enjoyed every minute of being your friend. We had a sound working relationship at Nortel and throughout several other projects like PSA baseball, to No Magic to the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County and so many more. You were a collegue and a friend.

"Happy trails to You until we meet again"
May you rest in peace.
Roger & Mary Klotz

m butler

March 14, 2020

A note to express my gratitude to you for your continual, ongoing friendship over the years. Meeting through business, our lives cross-crossing over the years and reconnecting via a fundraising event, it seems we were destined to work together again... one day! These past twelve plus months have been simply amazing, and I look forward to doing my part to help Peter, Ernie, Lisa & the VitalTech family win, and win in a significant & big way! It can be no other way... for it is what we all want in contributing our part to your legacy.
You are a man who inspires me to strive for #BetterEveryDay !!!
Mitch 😎

Tom Lamphere

March 13, 2020

Pete was one of the most passionate and enthusiastic, can do men I have ever met. He always was looking for the next “great” idea that would change society. Pete, while you and I had our differences over the years, I have forgiven you, I miss your smile and energy. Pete, you have a new body in Christ now. In some ways, given all this virus stuff on earth, I envy you. We will see you again.

Eddie Turnipseed

March 12, 2020

Ronelle, we are so sorry to hear about Pete!! Bless all of you in your time of sorrow. I pray that you all have the strength and love to get through this sadness in your life.

Teresa & Roland Morgado

March 12, 2020

We are so sorry to here of Pete's passing. He was a kind hearted person and although we did not see him very often , when he and Ronell visited, we all enjoyed his company. He will be missed, but now he is not in any pain. Our prayers go out to our cousin In hopes they bring some comfort. We love you.

Kelly Hasenei

March 11, 2020

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Pete in person though the few video calls we had left a lasting impression of a man with a "Larger than Life" personality who had a zest for life. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all that love him and may you cherish your memories for a lifetime.

Kerry Brooks

March 11, 2020

Pete is a bigger than life role model for myself and all of the folks that he came in contact with him throughout his life.
He loved life and brought and unlimited supply of passion and optimism that he was always willing to share.
Pete will be with all of us and help guide us along our journey. The many lessons he taught all of us create a wonderful GPS system on how to maximize our journey forward.

Great man, great teacher, great role model, great friend, great leader. He brought it everyday! We miss you Pete, Kerry Brooks

Ron Schwab

March 10, 2020

I worked under Pete’s leadership at Nortel (PTMS) in the early 1990s. I really appreciated his guidance on a couple of deals I asked him to support me on. He was smart, solid, and a charming guy! I kept in touch a bit over the years and will always respect his character! A life taken too early! RIP Pete and condolences to his family!!!

Brenda Johnson

March 10, 2020

Ronelle- I didn’t know him as well as most, but always had a great time on the Tennis court. He was a great and competitive partner. Always fun to play tennis with. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. 💕