SARATOGA SPRINGS - Robert Alleva passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Albany Medical Center Hospital of a heart attack. He was 87.
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Born Oct. 5, 1925, in Brooklyn, he was the son of Adelio and Margaret (Lombardi) Alleva. Robert grew up in Brooklyn and lived with his extended family, Angie, Albert, Rosie, John and Margaret. After graduating from high school, he served in World War II and Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific and the occupation of Japan.
Returning from Korea, he earned degrees from Brooklyn Polytech, a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and a master's degree in physics from Hofstra.
He was employed as an aerospace engineer with Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, N.Y., for more than 40 years. While at Grumman, he was instrumental in the development of the first lunar space module and helped to land it on the moon.
Robert will be remembered as a loving, father, husband, grandfather and companion. He enjoyed dancing and traveling and was proud of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. His wife, Audrey, passed away in 1993.
He is survived by his fiancée, Charlotte DeGroff; a son, Robert S. Alleva and his significant other, Debra Scaparo; a daughter, Debra Zodda and her husband, Charles; his grandchildren, Alita Caporale and her husband, James, Monique Zodda, Lauren and Alexandra Alleva; his great-grandchildren, Bryce and Brayden Caporale; and the extended DeGroff family.
A service with military honors followed by entombment will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are by Compassionate Funeral Care Inc. at 402 Maple Ave.
Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 22, 2013