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John F. Catanese

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John F. Catanese Obituary
John F. Catanese of Coatesville John F. Catanese, 82, of Coatesville died Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. John was born on December 10, 1930 in the city of Coatesville to Joseph and Columbia (DaBunda) Catanese. John attended S. Horace Scott Senior High School graduating in 1948. He and his brother Joe, affectionately known as Drags and Rags, made an impression on all who knew them. He married Jean L. Straub (1934-2002) on December 30, 1949 in Elkton, MD sharing 53 years together. Proudly serving his country in the Korean War, John retired from the US Army earing the rank of Sergeant and after being wounded, he was awarded a "Purple Heart." Well known as Judge Catanese, John served the city of Coatesville for over 18 years in this judicial capacity. With his retirement, he continued to serve the city while working in the Codes department. He was a man of honor and character who loved his children, grandchildren, GREAT grandchildren and especially his dog, Sasha. In his time, he co-owned two sulky cart horses, Dinner Date and Count Hill. Occasional trips to Atlantic City Casinos and later to Delaware Park were thoroughly enjoyed. Surviving him are his three children: Deborah Estep and her husband Lawrence of Downingtown, Catherine Noyes and her husband David of Coatesville, and Michael Catanese and his wife Kathryn of Honey Brook. Poppy's crew includes: 5 grandchildren: Barbara Jo Walton, Lindsay Howerter, Ryan Noyes, , Elizabeth Broadbent, and Katie Catanese and boasts 7 great-grandchildren with #8 due in November. He is also survived by his sister Mary Hopton of Coatesville. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and brothers Dominic "Pip" and Joe "Junior" and Catanese. John's funeral service will be held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7pm at Wentz Funeral Home 342 East Chestnut St. Coatesville 610-384-0318. Visitation of family and friends begins at 5pm. Interment will be private in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Memorials in John's honor may be made to Neighborhood Hospice 795 East Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380-4412. To send online condolences, please visit www.wentzfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 25, 2013
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