Behm Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Herman Osso

November 26, 1929November 19, 2019
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Herman Osso, age 89, of Waynesburg, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

He was born on November 26, 1929 in Belmonte Calabro, Cosenza in the Calabria region of Italy. His parents were Joseph and Carmina (Guglielmo) Osso.

In 1934 he moved with his parents to the United States where they became lifelong residents of Waynesburg. He graduated from Waynesburg High School in 1947 and from California University of Pennsylvania in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education. After high school he worked heavy equipment construction prior to serving in the US Army in France from 1951 to 1953. Upon returning from service he began his lifelong career with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) with several years working for Local 18B in Ohio followed by many years with Local 66 in Pennsylvania. In 1990 he retired after having spent 17 years as working as the training site supervisor for the IUOE Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program in New Alexandria, PA. He was recently recognized for his 65 years of membership with IUOE Local 66.

Herman was a man of many great talents, most of which were creative and integral as part of his life at his home on Gordon Hill where he has lived since 1966. His heart and soul were centered on his home and 20 acres of property. He was extremely fortunate to have retired at the age of 60 allowing him to have many great years enjoying his hobbies which included his garden, fruit orchards, hunting, and making so many beautiful and purposeful things.

In his community, he served as a former Central Greene School Board member and president. He was a member of Elks, the Cornerstone Genealogical Society, and Epsilon Pi Tau Technology Society. He was a lifelong Catholic.

During the past two years he has been on a journey full of medical challenges. Throughout that time he was faced with a lot of choices and potential risks but never complained and marched forward with great strength. His zest for life and desire to live were amazing and literally shocked many medical professionals. His most rewarding accomplishment was being selected to be the very first person in the United States to receive the Respicardia remedē central sleep apnea implant device after it had been approved by the FDA. He received the implant on February 1, 2018 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

On May 12, 1962, he married Dolores Jean Madlock who survives. Also surviving are his son, Herman Jonathan Osso of Mt. Lebanon; daughter, Amy Osso Julius (Christopher) of Vienna, VA; his beloved granddaughter, Sophia Noelle Julius; his sister Elaine Osso Puglia, his nephews Paul (Cindy) Puglia, Larry (Sandy) Puglia, Joseph (MariJohn) Puglia, Paul (Amy Shearer) Madlock, and Damon (Maybelle) Madlock; and many very close family members and friends which he absolutely loved and cherished. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jane Osso.


  • Joseph Osso, Father (deceased)
  • Carmina Guglielmo Osso, Mother (deceased)
  • Dolores Jean Madlock Osso, Wife
  • Herman Jonathan Osso, Son
  • Amy Osso Julius (Christopher), Daughter
  • Sophia Noelle Julius, Granddaughter
  • Elaine Osso Puglia, Sister
  • Paul Puglia (Cindy), Nephew
  • Larry Puglia (Sandy), Nephew
  • Joseph Puglia (MariJohn), Nephew
  • Paul Madlock (Any Shearer), Nephew
  • Damon Madlock (Maybelle), Nephew
  • Mary Jane Osso, Sister (deceased)


  • Visitation Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 25, 2019


Herman Osso

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Ann Marie Matthews

November 24, 2019

Mrs.Osso,Jonathan and Amy
Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are deeply sorry for your loss. No matter the length of their lives , it is always so hard to suffer the loss of our loved ones! Mr. Osso was a wonderful person and I cherish the opportunity I had to visit with you at Costco, not so long ago. Praying for all of you. AnnMarie Filla Matthews and family

Sandra Berryhill Petley

November 24, 2019

Dear Jean and family ,
So sad to hear of your loss. Let your memories bring you comfort and peace.

Susan Abbott

November 22, 2019

Our Family will always value and remember our Holiday meals together ! We had great fun and HERMAN enjoyed them as much as we did ! We will miss that with him so much ! Rest In Peace.
Susan Abbott and Family

Frank and Genny Miraglia

November 22, 2019

Jean, Jonathan and Amy we were sadden to learn of Herman's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Frank and Genny

Debbie Beam

November 21, 2019

Amy, Jonathan & Mrs. Osso,
I have such fond memories of Mr. Osso who always had a smile on his face when I saw him. As a young person I remember thinking he could do most anything...farming, craftsmanship, and mechanical work. He always made me feel welcome, and was so kind and generous to my family. Not so many years ago, as we were passing through Pittsburgh, he treated my entire family to a special dinner on top of Mount Washington. It was a delicious meal with a beautiful nighttime view of the city lights. I could see the pride in his eyes at having given my children such a special experience. Mr. Osso demonstrated the essence of a hardworking American who loved his family and community. He lived a meaningful life, and I regret not having more opportunities to know him better. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you remember, celebrate and grieve.
Much love, Debbie Beam & Family

Bill and Barbara Thomas

November 21, 2019

We met Herman when we rented the trailer that was located on his property. Over the years we were there we became friends. He was a fair and honest man.
Our condolences to Jean, Amy and Jonathan.


November 21, 2019

I remember Mr. Osso and his wife coming into the store. Always with a smile and time to stop and say hello. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God Bless and give the entire family strength through this difficult time.

Janet & Mike Mawhinney

November 21, 2019

Our sympathy to all the family. Your father was always a pleasant person to be around. Our memory is of your parents feeding their dog ice cream in the back of the truck at Dairy Queen.

Sallie, George and Jon Stennett

November 21, 2019

Jean, Amy and Jonathan, we were saddened to learn of Herman’s passing. I believe he and my father are enjoying each other’s company again. My father thought very highly of Herman. Cherish your memories and I am sure you have many. Deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Sallie, George and Jon Stennett

Susan McCollum

November 21, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for the entire Osso family. What a wonderful, full life he had! May God's love and peace be near during this time.