MANCHESTER - Dr. Joseph Richard Cataldo, M.D., retired Army colonel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Mount Carmel Nursing Home after a long illness.He was born in Boston, Jan. 18, 1929, the son of Peter and Josephine (Serino) Cataldo.He was a graduate of Boston Latin, Harvard University and Boston University Medical School. He served his country during World War II and Vietnam, where as a Green Beret in 1971, he participated in the famed Son Tay raid, an attempted rescue of POWs from a concentration camp.After retiring from the Army, Dr. Cataldo opened a private practice in Alexandria, Va. He moved to New England in the 1980s, first working as a consultant for Blue Cross Blue/Shield of Maine and later as an emergency room doctor at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.He is survived by his wife, Janet Keefe Cataldo; four children, Karen Scheneman, Corinne Rose, Michael Cataldo and Joseph Cataldo; eight stepchildren, Joseph Keefe, Quentin Keefe, James Keefe, Thomas Keefe, Paul Keefe, Anne Farley, Maura Keefe and Patrick Keefe; as well as 19 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, He was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Cataldo II; and three sisters, Laura Settipani, Nancy Cherichiello and Marie Manfra.
SERVICES: Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine Church, Webster Street, Manchester.Burial, with military honors, will be in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen Friday at 2 p.m.Memorial donations may be made to Mount Carmel Nursing Home, 235 Myrtle St., Manchester, NH 03104To send a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 19, 2014