Daniel Joseph Pace, 71, recently of Plains Township and formerly of Wyoming, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by his family.
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Born in Exeter, he was the son of the late William and Lucy Motta Pace.
Dan was a graduate of Wyoming High School, Class of 1959, and a member of St. Barbara Parish at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where he belonged to the Holy Name Society and worked at many bazaars. Dan was employed by Diamond Vending for 35 years, a division of Coca-Cola, from where he retired in 2004.
After retirement, he enjoyed spending his time at his children's restaurant, where every patron was sure to see a friendly face when they entered. Dan was also a passionate Penn State fan and enjoyed spending his Saturdays at the restaurant with family, friends and guests watching PSU football.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Des Moines, and a member of the American Legion Plains Township post.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, William Pace; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pasquale and Victoria Cerroni.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Patricia Cerroni, Plains Township; a daughter, Leane Pace, Pittston, and her boyfriend, Robert Flannery; a son, Daniel and his wife, Teri Pace, Dallas; grandchildren, Anthony and Daniella Pace; his loyal companion, Oreo.
Also surviving are his sisters, MaryLou Pisano and her husband, Frank, Wyoming, and Doreen Pavinski, West Wyoming; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Blessing service at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Interment will be in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, 401 N. Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or a condolence, visit gubbiottifh.com.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Avenue
Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2013