Erald A. Biondi, 85, of Plains Township passed away peacefully at home Thursday morning, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Rome, N.Y., he was a son of the late Alfred and Rose Mannini Biondi. He moved to the area at an early age and was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, Class of 1946.
After graduation, Erald joined the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He continued his education via the GI Bill, pursuing an engineering degree.
After working in the local mines, he began work with Kanarr Corp., Wilkes-Barre. He was later employed by Wilmont Engineering, White Haven, retiring as plant superintendent in 1991.
Erald and his wife of 66 years, the former Delphine Santarelli, enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, returning to their favorite city of San Francisco several times. Erald was an avid boccie ball player, belonging to the Yatesville Boccie Club for many years. He also enjoyed bingo and the "Cashman Slot" at local casinos. However, he most enjoyed family gatherings.
Erald was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township.
In addition to his wife, Delphine, he is survived by his daughters, Barbara Barbacci and her husband, Robert, Dallas; Janice Canterini and her husband, Joseph, Plains Township; and Debra Raudenbush and her husband, Dean, White Haven; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Michael J. Mikelski Funeral Home, 293 S. River St., Plains Township.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township.
Interment will be at Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or the VA Medical Center, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Michael J Mikelski Funeral Home
293 S River St
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 25, 2014