James Gresavage Sr.

HERNDON — James Gresavage Sr., 85, of 327 Park Road, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence. He had been ill for the last 1½ years.

Born Dec. 6, 1928, in Coal Township, he was a son of the late Walter J. and Nellie E. (Weber) Gresavage. He lived in Trenton, N.J., from 1947 to 1990, when he moved to Herndon upon his retirement.

James was a 1946 graduate of Coal Township High School, where he was vice president of his class.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea, earning the Korean Service Medal, the U.N. Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.

On Nov. 18, 1950, in St. John's United Methodist Church, Coal Township, he was married by the Rev. Francis H. Fletcher to Elva Mae Latsha, who survives.

He worked for 41 years as a roofing contractor and in a partnership with his brothers, known as Gresavage Brothers Roofing, in Trenton, N.J.

He was a member of David's United Chruch of Christ, Hebe, where he served on the board of directors. He was a volunteer at Haven Ministry, Sunbury. 23 years. He served as vice president of the Coal Township Alumni Association and as president of the Ringler Mountain Hunt Club, of Trout Run. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey and trout fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James Gresavage Jr. and his wife Nancy, of West Windsor, N.J., and their children, James A. Gresavage and his wife, Amanda, Justin A. Gresavage and his wife, Helen, a son, Robert J. Gresavage and his wife Susan, of West Windsor, N.J,, and their children, Robert J. Gresavage Jr. and his daughter, Olivia Gresavage, Jennifer L. Baez and her husband, Josean, and Thomas J. Gresavage; two brothers, Walter Gresavage and his wife, Arlene, of Titusville, N.J., and Joseph Gresavage and his wife, Mary Ann, of Weikert, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eldena Tyner and Jacqueline Fisher, and a brother, Thomas Gresavage.

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GRESAVAGE — James Gresavage Sr., 85, of 327 Park Road, Herndon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Farrow Funeral Home, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Shamokin, with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Coal Township. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Haven Ministry, 1043 S. Front St., Sunbury 17801.

Funeral Home

Farrow Funeral Directors
240 W. Chestnut St. Shamokin, PA 17872
(570) 648-8141

Published in The News Item on Apr. 10, 2014