James M. Oliveri Jr., 78, passed away Sunday evening, March 31, 2013.
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Born in Exeter, he was a son of the late James M. Oliveri Sr. and Catherine Botteon Oliveri. He was a graduate of Exeter High School, Class of 1953. James was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 25 years and also worked with his dad, who owned and operated the former Happy Valley Golf Course of Exeter.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. Jim was a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus President John F. Kennedy Council 372/ Assembly 948, Valley Masonic Lodge 499 of West Pittston, Big Band Society of Northeastern Pa., where he was also a former board member, Party of the Month Club and a former member of St. Anthony's Holy Name Society.
Jimmy was a kind-hearted and humble man. He loved spending time in his garden, working on his cars and going out to eat with his family.
More than anything he loved taking his beloved wife, Ruth, shopping and dancing. He took pride in keeping his yard meticulous and feeding the birds and squirrels alike. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed simple pleasures, especially ice crèam and spending time with his grandpuppies, Rocco and Max.
Preceding him in death were his son, James (Jamie) Oliveri, and brother, Ralph Oliveri.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Marstell; daughters, Deborah Pupa, Hudson, Fla., and Janine Oliveri, Forty Fort; sisters, Mary Zurenda and Catherine Trzcinski, both of Exeter; brother, Anthony Oliveri, Exeter; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, PA 18640, or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 3, 2013