John J. Avalle
1923 - 2013 PITTSFIELD John J. Avalle, 90, of 255 Lebanon Ave., died Thursday morning after a long illness. Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Pittsfield, he was the son of John B. and Maddalena Gai Avalle. He was the last surviving of their family consisting of five brothers and one sister. He attended the local schools. He was a hardworking man who excelled throughout several different careers. A crane operator at the former General Electric Co., he later became a master machinist at Clarke Aiken in Lee. Previously, he was employed as a youth in the operation of the former family business, the Dalton Ave, Avalle Florists. In later years, Mr. Avalle enjoyed landscaping and caring for lawns as an enterprise. A lifelong practicing Catholic, he was a former member of St. Joseph's Church. Mr. Avalle was most proud of his Army career, where he served as a Military Policeman with the Occupational Forces in Japan following the conclusion of World War II. Known as a man who enjoyed working with his hands, he loved to tinker, hook rugs and craft leather items. He enjoyed all forms of animal life, including birds, and squirrels, but most of all, the companionship of a Golden Retriever "Miss Ruby". His wife, the former Rose M. Seaman, whom he married Oct. 15,1945, died July 25,2008. He is survived by his son, Bernard J. Avalle and his wife, Linda R. Avalle, of Pittsfield; his daughter, Barbara R. West, and her husband, William R. West of Dalton; his granddaughter, Tricia A. Brunet and her husband, Jerry Brunet; his grandson, William Timothy West, and his three great-grandchildren, Jordan, William and Wyatt Brunet. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to him as their "Uncle Johnny". The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Springside Rehabilitation & Care Center for the loving care provided to John "right to the end". FUNERAL NOTICE: Avalle, John A., age 90, died Thursday, Dec. 19. Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at 9:15 a.m. from the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME, followed with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, pastor, officiating. Burial with full Military Rites will follow in the Pittsfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME on Monday beginning 8:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to either HospiceCare or to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 65, both in care of the funeral home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 21, 2013