Martin David (Junior) Desiderio, 83, of Mountain Top passed away July 4, 2013, peacefully in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center after a short battle with CNS lymphoma.
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Born June 30, 1930 in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Marziano and Marie (Annichiarico) Desiderio.
He was educated in Wilkes-Barre schools, and attended Meyers High School. A U.S. Army veteran, he served his country in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post 609, Hanover Township.
Prior to his retirement, Martin was employed for many years as a foreman by the Desiderio Construction Co. Inc., Larksville. He was a gold cardmember of The International Union of Bricklayers And Allied Craft Workers Local 5 PA.
Martin was associated with his sons in Desi's Pizza Inc. located in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Wildwood, N.J., where on a Friday night you would always see him behind the counter making pizza and serving customers. Junior never actually retired, and was always helping family members and friends with masonry and any building issue.
He was a loving husband to his late wife, Dorothy Barbara Desiderio, who passed away Sept. 20, 2001.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Nicholas, Anthony, Basil and James; sisters, Sadie De Guisto, Mariette Di Nicola and Nancy Walker.
Surviving are a daughter, Deboraha Desiderio, Wilkes-Barre; sons, Mark, Afghanistan; Frank and wife, Tricia, Laflin; grandchildren, Ashley, Amber and Frankie; sisters, Florence (Mem) McCue, New Jersey; Michaelene Baranski and Rita Rovinski, Hanover Township; Josephine Ostaszewski, Mountain Top; numerious nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Plymouth. The family requests all those wishing to attend the funeral are asked to assemble at the church.
Military honors will be preformed by the American Legion Mountain Post 781, Mountain Top.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the St. Jude's Building Fund, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Relatives and friends are invited to join his family for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.desideriofh.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 7, 2013