John Vincent "Jack" Fanelli, 85, of 29 S. White St., Shenandoah, died Thursday evening at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Born in Shenandoah, Nov. 21, 1921, he was a son of the late John and Natalie Clarke Fanelli.
He was a 1939 graduate of Shenandoah Catholic High School.
Jack was a decorated World War II B-24 bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force Division, who successfully landed his disabled plane in Switzerland, where he became a prisoner of war.
He was the owner of Fanelli's Garage and operated the Packard auto dealership. He was a former borough treasurer.
Jack was a member of Annunciation BVM Church, A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Legion Post 792, AMVETS, American Legion and Phoenix Fire Company, all of Shenandoah, Pa. Mighty 8th Air Force Society, Swiss Internee Association and Packard Club of America.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Guinan.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Monahan; two sons, John S. Fanelli and his wife, Diana, Parkersburg, W.Va., and Mark Fanelli and his wife, Amy, Fountain Springs; two daughters, Mary Jude Zarkoski and her husband, David, Spring City, and Mimi Null and her husband, Kraig, Wynnewood; a brother, Edward A. Fanelli, New York, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Colin Fanelli, Ashland, Anthony and Natalie Fanelli, Fountain Springs, Justin, Joshua and Jordan Fanelli, Parkersburg, W.Va., Christopher, Laura, David and Nicholas Zarkoski, Spring City, Natalie and Olivia Null, Wynnewood; a great-grandson, Christian Jude Fanelli, Ashland; nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday from Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc.. Shenandoah. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon at Annunciation BVM Church. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah. Contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Memorial Fund.
Published in Republican & Herald on Sept. 29, 2007