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James John Lattanzio Sr. (1920 - 2014)

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James John Lattanzio Sr., born Vincent Lattanzio, 93, of Rockville, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Kimberly Hall Care Center, Windsor.

Born Dec. 20, 1920, in East Hartford, he was a son to the late John and Serafina (DeMarzio) Lattanzio. He was a veteran of WWII, serving his country proudly for 21 months in both Hawaii and Japan with the U.S. Army. He was part of Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 390th Infantry Regiment, and was honorably discharged in February 1946. He worked for more than 25 years at Whitney Chain Manufacturing Co. in Hartford. Following his retirement, he worked at Roys Auto Parts in Rockville, delivering auto parts to many local auto parts stores and garages. Jim loved gardening, giving many of his flowers and vegetables that he grew to family and friends. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years in Rockville, enjoyed fishing, and on occasion, would take boy scouts to Crystal Lake on fishing trips.

Jim is survived by his son, James J. Lattanzio Jr. and his wife, Sandra; daughter Susan J. (Lattanzio) Peterson of Vernon; grandchildren, Jeffrey S. Peterson and his wife, Melanie; Traci L. Peterson and her partner, Hope; and Eric, Darcy, Geena and Dana Lattanzio; great-grandchildren, Dillon J. Peterson and Andrea Notman; brother, William Lattanzio and his wife, Irene; sister, Frances; sister-in-law, Carol Portuese; and numerous nieces, nephews, other loving relatives, and friends, including special nephew, Eddie Popovitch and his wife, Rosalie. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife of 41 years, Marian (Ingrahm) Lattanzio; his second wife of 15 years, Paula (Variccio) Lattanzio; brother, Anthony; sisters, Mary, Jennie and Jane; and son-in-law, Russell Peterson.

Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon, with a funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 28 to July 2, 2014
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