Patrick J. Dalessandro

Patrick J. Dalessandro, 89, of Plains Township, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, where he had been a resident for the past year.

Born in Old Boston, Jenkins Township, he was a son of the late Joseph and Vincentina (Ciaccia) Dalessandro. Pat attended Jenkins Township High School and was resident of Plains Township for most of his life.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 9th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. While engaging the enemy, he was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart.

He was employed as a truck driver for Just Trucking, Nachlis Furniture and lastly for Gigliello Trucking until his retirement.

Pat was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, the former Sara ""Sadie"" Ristagno, July 16, 2002; brothers, Charles and James Dalessandro; and sisters, Mary Rowe, Philomina ""Mamie"" Murray and Clara Trotta.

Surviving are his son, Patrick Delasandro, and his wife, Ann Marie, Plains Township; daughter, Jeanne Stine, and her husband, Bruce, Harveys Lake; grandchildren, Annette Delasandro and her husband, Ken Johnson, Wilkes-Barre; Patrick Delasandro, Pickerington, Ohio, and Andrew Delasandro and his wife, Julie, Springville, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Addison Delasandro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Parish Cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.

Published in Times Leader from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2013