John T. Schall

John T. Schall, 93, of Plains Township died Nov. 23, 2013, at Wesley Village, Pittston.

Born July 1, 1920 in Aberdeen, Wash., and living in Plains Township for most of his life, he was the son of the late Joseph Schall and Mary Thomas Schall.

He was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School. He worked as an apprentice mason in Allentown, Bethlehem and Columbia.

John joined the Army during World War II. He attended automotive technical training school in St. Louis before being assigned to the 1905th Engineer Aviation Battalion stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater. He earned the rank of master sergeant in charge of heavy equipment and was instrumental in building the Ledo and Burma Roads.

He was the owner and operator of Schall Construction Co. of Plains Township until his retirement. John built the Plains American Legion on Carey Street in 1955. John had many notable professional accomplishments, including extensive work and craftsmanship done at the recently razed Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre.

John volunteered for many years at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Valley Crest Nursing Home and Wesley Village.

He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Plains Township and the Plains American Legion.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Rena Pacchioni Schall, in 1999; and siblings, Edward and Joseph A. Schall; Barbara Hoffstat, Mary Lou Delahunty and Frances Rajnik.

He is survived by daughters, Joanne and her husband, Carl Seiple, Breinigsville; Linda and her husband, Harry McDonnell, Shavertown; Andrea Mantione, Plains Township; grandson, Nicholas Mantione; son-in-law, Ross Mantione, Miami, Fla.; sisters Jeanine Rosh, Springfield, N.J.: and Margaret Johnson, Dallas.

John spent the last two years of his life under the loving care of the nurses and staff of Wesley Village. The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley Village Partridge-Tippett Nursing Facility for their ever attending kindness to John and the family. Special thanks to Barbara Mantione for her tenderness and compassion over the years in helping care for John.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Plains Township. The Rev. Joseph Greskiewicz, pastor, will be celebrant.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to Luzerne County Bureau of the Aging, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 24, 2013