Carmine P. Festa

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Carmine P. Festa MaltaCarmine Philip Festa, 94, died at the Home of the Good Shepherd Assisted Living Residence in Malta, NY on July 1, 2014. Carmine was born in Carbondale, PA on November 7, 1919 and was a longtime resident of Bound Brook, NJ. He was one of 11 children of Pasquale and Columbia (Malara) Festa. Carmine graduated from Carbondale High School in 1937 and started work at the American Cyanamid Company in Bound Brook NJ as a lead burner in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received an OCS commission in 1943. During WWII, he served as an infantry platoon leader with the 329th Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division. He was wounded in Normandy in July 1944. He returned to combat in August and was wounded again and more seriously in Belgium in December 1944. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart as well as Combat Infantry Badge and various campaign ribbons and battle stars. After long hospital stays in England and then Staten Island, he was retired with the rank of Captain in 1947. He married Emma K. Tyler of Waymart, PA on June 24, 1946 and they shared more than 52 years of marriage. After his military service, Carmine returned to employment with American Cyanamid where he held various administrative positions including office manager and treasurer of the Calco Federal Credit Union, Payroll Supervisor, and in the Compensation Services and Salary Administration areas. He retired in 1980. In retirement, he and Emma enjoyed the monthly Bound Brook Seniors trips to Atlantic City, their summer camp in Pennsylvania and winter trips to Siesta Key, Florida. Carmine moved to the Saratoga area of New York in 2009. He was a resident of Coburg Village, Clifton Park until 2013. Carmine is survived by his son, Patrick (Helen) Festa of Halfmoon, NY; his daughter, Gayle (John) Russell of Punta Gorda, FL and daughter, Karen Festa of Deerfield, NH; also grandchildren, Matthew (Elizabeth) Festa of Houston, TX, Thomas (Casey) Festa of Melrose, NY, James (Heather) Festa of Essex, VT, Shauna (Jeffrey) Fisher of Santee, CA, Lauren Festa of Deerfield, NH and Emily Festa of Deerfield, NH; also great-grandchildren, Natalie, Owen, Daniel, Jonathan and Joseph Festa, and Riley Fisher; also survived by sisters, Bridget Wilson of Smithville, NJ, Caroline DiAuria of Brecksville, OH, Joan Staffaroni of Stratford, CT, Rosemary Juliano of Saugerties, NY and Mamie Leotti of Melborne, FL; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Emma in 1998 and his sisters, Anna Gattuso and Margaret Bonacci. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 RT-9, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Calling hours will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Inc., 225 Mountain Ave., Bound Brook, NJ 08805. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:30 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (corner of Mountain Avenue and East High St.) in Bound Brook. Interment with military honors will be held in Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, in memory of Carmine P. Festa. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on July 3, 2014
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