WILLINGBORO, N.J. - Peter Dante Migaleddi was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Bradford, Pa., and passed into God's hands on Sunday (March 2, 2014).
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellie Migaleddi; and his six children, Peter Dante Migaleddi Jr., Susan Wood, Karen Leadem, Lesa Henry, Michele Homburger and Mark Migaleddi. Pete was very proud of his 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, too.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John Anthony Migaleddi.
Pete's service to our nation began shortly after his graduation in 1942 from St. Bernard High School, where he played football for four years.
His military career spanned three decades of service to our nation with service in the U.S. Marine Corps
and the U.S. Army
. Pete served with the 4th Marine Division in World War II
, which included battles for Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Pete left the Marines for a career as officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served as a company commander in the Korean War
with the 839th Aviation Engineering Co., and as an advisor with MACV in Vietnam and Thailand.
He also served in other locations in the United States and Southeast Asia. Pete's significant non-combat duties with the Corps of Engineers were highlighted by his oversight of the construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Delaware River Inter-coastal waterway. His final assignment was as a professor of military science at the University of Scranton, Pa.
Upon his retirement, Pete moved his family to Willingboro and was employed as a professional engineer with various commercial companies, a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, and he culminated a distinguished career as a senior quality control engineer with the Philadelphia District Office of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Pete Dante Migaleddi's love of life was only exceeded by his love of God, his nation, his family and his community. Pete and Ellie loved spending time together, especially with their children and grandchildren. Pete's idea of a great vacation was time off and spending it with his wife and children along with some golf. The holidays were always a special time for Pete and Ellie, they could be seen together at one of the kids' homes or when everybody came home to Willingboro to share those special moments. Pete could also be seen serving his church and community with such great organizations like Corpus Christi Church, Catholic Charities, The Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and Roma Club. Pete and his brother John were quite the dynamic duo, volunteering together at the Fort Dix-McGuire pharmacy. Together they continued to serve our nation by helping active duty and retired service members.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 11 S. Sunset Road, Willingboro, N.J. Relatives and friends please meet directly at the church after 9 a.m. Entombment with full U.S. Army honors will be held at the Brig. Gen. WM. C. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, N.J. Funeral arrangements by the Goes-Scolieri Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Pkwy, Willingboro, N.J.