Elmer Degilio, 86, of Ransom, died Saturday at home after a prolonged illness. His wife of 50 years, Delores Orlando Degilio, preceded him in death.
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Born in Ransom, son of the late George and Concetta Squiccimarra Degilio, He served in the Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was a longtime heavy equipment operator for Pagnotti Construction, after which he started his own construction company. Thereafter, he worked for his brother, the late Raymond Degilio.
He was an avid hunter and gardener and spent all of his spare time helping his family. He will be terribly missed. During the course of his five- year illness, he was blessed to have two wonderful caregivers, Stefan Pivka and Tom Mecca, as well as his physician, Dr. Boccagno. The family is eternally grateful for the care and kindness they provided.
Surviving are three children, all of Ransom, Judy Degilio; Sandy DePrimo and husband, Joseph; and George Degilio and wife, Tamie; five grandchildren, Lori Damico and husband, Nick; Christopher LaCoe and wife, Karen; Danielle Vranian and husband, Michael; George Degilio and fiancée, Nyssa; and Dylan Degilio; five great-grandchildren, Carly LaCoe, Gianna Damico, Olivia Damico, Christopher LaCoe and Sophia Damico; two siblings, Louise Winters, Ransom; and Vito Degilio, Old Forge; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dulcey Marie Degilio; and siblings, Dominick, Daniel, Nicholas, Raymond and Rose Zdzchowski.
Religious services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Interment will follow in West Pittston Cemetery.
Friends may call today, 5 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 until time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneral home.com
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 26, 2013