Nathan DeRobertis, 88, of Old Forge died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. He was married to the former Thomasine DeAngelis. The couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Jan. 8.
Born in Scranton, Nathan was the son of the late Luca and Anna Sarno DeRobertis. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School.
Nathan was a veteran of the U.S. Army
and Merchant Marines, serving from World War II
through the Korean conflict
. On ships throughout the world, Nathan served primarily as chief mess sergeant, earning numerous honors and citations, including one for having literally sailed the seven seas.
Prior to his retirement, Nathan was the owner and operator of a pizza parlor in Hazleton, the Court Square Bar, Scranton, and was employed by Owens-Illinois.
He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree, and many other activities and charities including the Blind Bowlers' League and the Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge.
Nathan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be sadly missed.
The family would like to thank Catherine DeAngelis, James Harris, Grace Herron and Vladmir Harcar for the long-term compassionate medical care they faithfully provided to Nathan.
Also surviving are two sons, Louis and spouse, Lisa, Dunmore; and Sandy and spouse, Matthew, Washington D.C.; a daughter, Mary Ann Columbus and spouse, Michael, Allentown; seven grandchildren, Trevor, Ryan and Amanda DeRobertis, Joseph and Anthony Barillo, and Mia and Mae Columbus; two sisters, Alberta Tierney, Philadelphia; and Genevieve Siarniak, Scranton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Richard Siarniak and Paul Tierney.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145 Moosic Road, Old Forge, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass in Prince of Peace Parish-St. Mary's Church, West Grace Street, Old Forge.
Interment will be held in Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made in Nathan's honor to the donor's favorite charity.