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Joseph Leo Pantore

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Pantore, Joseph Leo HALFMOON Joseph Leo Pantore, 89, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Born in the Bronx on March 19, 1924, Joseph Leo was the son of the late Natale and Antoinette Toscano Pantari. He had been a resident of Watervliet and Latham for many years before moving to Halfmoon. Joseph Leo enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1943 to serve his country during World War II. He participated in battles and campaigns in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. In September 1945, he was honorably discharged with the rank of technician fifth grade and was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service medal, the Good Conduct medal and the Military Order of the Purple Heart for being wounded in action on September 10, 1944 in France. He was employed by the Norton Company in Watervliet where he worked for many years before his retirement in 1985. He was a former communicant of St. Ambrose Church in Latham, and presently attended Mass at St. Mary's Church in Crescent. He was a member of the C.R.S. Post, Italian-American War Veterans in Watervliet and the United Papermakers Union, Local 17. In retirement, he enjoyed overnight trips to Atlantic City with his wife Mary, visiting the casino and raceway in Saratoga Springs and enjoying the sun while sitting on his deck at home. More than anything else he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who provided him with a great sense of pride. He was a great fan of the New York Yankees. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Capuano Pantore; his loving daughters, Joanne (Michael) Nardini of Mechanicville and Lisa (Mark) Pierre of Halfmoon; five cherished grandchildren, Janci Perkins (Mike), Michael Nardini, Alisha Pierre, Ashley Pierre and Joseph Pierre; three adoring great-grandchildren, Michael, Emma and Catie; his sisters, Margaret Pontari, Antoinette Reisner and Anna Giacobbi and his brother, Michael Pontore, all of Watervliet. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Pontore, and his sisters, Theresa Giaquinto, Carmella Kulka and Mary Wright. His funeral will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Crescent where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Cebula, pastor. Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 12 p.m. Friends are invited to attend and may also visit with the family on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Parker Brothers Memorial, 2013 Broadway in Watervliet. Contributions, in memory of Joseph Leo Pantore, may be made to the , 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. Please visit parkerbrosmemorial.com to light a candle, leave a special message and for directions.
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Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
2013 Broadway Watervliet, NY 12189-2225
(518) 273-3223
Published in Albany Times Union from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014
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