CANASTOTA >> Dante C. "Dan" DiPietra, Sr., 90, of 7076 New Yorker Ave., Canastota, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Nov. 8, 1922, in Trenton, N.J., the son of Charles and Sarah Diliberto DiPietra.
Dan spent his early years in Trenton, N.J., and Queens, N.Y., attending the New York City Schools. He later lived in Rome for 44 years, moving to Canastota in 2000.
He worked at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome for 28 years, retiring in 1979.
Dan was a member of St. Agatha's Church in Canastota, and a former member of St. John the Baptist Church in Rome. He was, also, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Rome and Oneida; the Lee Legion Post No. 1794 in Lee Center; VFW Post No. 2246 in Rome; the Rotary Club in Rome and Canastota; and CNY Chapter EX POW.
He was a World War II veteran, serving overseas with the Army Air Force, during which time he was a Prisoner of War at Stalag XVII B. He later served in the Air National Guard, 174th Fire Wing, in Syracuse, for 26 years, retiring in 1982.
Dan enjoyed photography and woodworking.
He married Clara M. Pironi on June 8, 1946, in Rome.
Surviving besides his wife, Clara, are: one son and daughter-in-law, Dante Jr. and Mary Ellen DiPietra of Liverpool; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen C. and Gerald Taylor of Canastota; one brother-in-law, Frank Abbatiello of Long Island, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Danielle DiPietra, Lisa and Christopher Visalli, and Jennifer Bucknell; as well as several nieces, a nephew, and cousins. Dan was predeceased by a sister, Josephine D. Abbatiello.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Agatha's Church, Canastota, where a funeral mass will be held. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Rome. Private calling hours will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the supervision of the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James St., Canastota. In his memory contributions may be made to Greater Lenox Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 382, Canastota, N.Y. 13032, or Wanderers' Rest Humane Association, Inc., P.O. Box 535, Canastota, N.Y. 13032.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Sept. 29, 2013