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April 14, 2013
John James Tamalavage, 59, of Pottsville, formerly of Mechanicsburg, died Sunday at home.
Born in Pottsville, Dec. 9, 1953, he was a son of the late John J. and Mildred M. Zerdy Tamalavage, New Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg.
A graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and HACC, he received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State University.
He retired as an audit specialist from Bureau of Financial Operations of the Commonwealth of PA Department of Public Welfare.
An avid reader of world history, periodicals and online newspapers, he regularly contributed and published blog comments to the New York Times and Reuters on global political and financial issues.
He enjoyed traveling, cinema, scuba diving, crabbing, the ocean, beach and fitness activities and the family tradition of extensive tomato gardening.
He was a member of the Stone Harbor Wetlands Institute, Friends of Gettysburg, a NOAA storm-tracker volunteer and Penn State Alumni Association.
His loving smile, light-hearted humor and incredible generosity will be treasured by those who knew him.
Surviving are his wife, Rita M. Shevokas Tamalavage; and daughter, Anne Elizabeth Tamalavage; a sister, Judith (John) Remiszewski, Duluth, Ga.; an aunt, Catherine Cowley Fridrich; nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, where there will be a visitation at 10 a.m. The Rev. Louis P. Ogden will be the celebrant. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State University, Department of Geo Sciences, 503 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802. To sign the onlilne guest book visit www.malpezzifuneralhome.com. Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 16, 2013