Angelo J. "Abe" Barone, 92, of Pottsville, died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
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Born Nov. 12, 1921, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Michael and Mary Romano Barone.
He was a graduate of Pottsville High School and served in the Army during World War II with the 317th Infantry Regiment in France. During his tour in France, Abe was captured by the German Army and was held as prisoner of war for 8 months. Among his numerous commendations were the Purple Heart and the French Medal of Honor, bestowed on him by the French government earlier this year.
He was employed by Miller Distribution Co. prior to retiring.
Abe was a member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, and presently was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, where he was a lector and Eucharistic minister of both churches.
He was a member of the Pottsville Lions Club, the Ambulance Board of the Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven/Orwigsburg EMS, Sacred Heart Society, Catholic War Veterans Post 1029, Yorkville Hose Company and the Great Pottsville Cruise Committee. Abe also received the Golden Cross Award and was a past national commander of the 80th Infantry Division and a past national chaplain of the 80th Infantry Division.
Over the years, Abe shared his experience of being a POW with many schools, colleges and clubs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and James; and a sister, Josephine Mulaine.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Catherine Pewor; a son, Gerard "Jerry" Barone and his wife, Christine, Daytona Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Kathy Marianelli and her husband, Bruce, West West Terrace; two grandsons, Adam Marianelli, West West Terrace, and Chad Marianelli, Massachusetts: nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and -nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday from St. Patrick Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to call from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions made to the St. Patrick Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901 or to Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven/Orwigsburg EMS, 320 N. Ninth St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, is in charge of arrangements. To share your memories and condolences with Abe's family, please sign the guest book at www.jehumphreyfuneralhome.com.
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Pottsville, PA 17901
Published in Republican & Herald on July 29, 2014