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Michael LaBella

Michael LaBella, Philadelphia, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Janice (Manganiello) LaBella.

Born April 9, 1943 in Norristown to Mary (Brown) Harbaugh and the late Frank LaBella, he graudated from Connellsville Joint High School. He then went on to graduate from Atlantic Community College, where he obtained his nursing degree.

After receiving his degree, he acquired his bachelor of science as a surgical physician's assistant from Philadelphia School of Textiles & Science. He later went on to become a certified perioperative nurse.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, serving as a physician's assistant. Following this, he was employed as a charge nurse for gynecology and gynecological oncology in the operating room at Temple University Hospital.

He was a member of the Association for Operating Room Nurses and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Christina and Gianna LaBella, both of Philadelphia; and son, Michael, and his wife, Eileene Ferguson, Williamstown, N.J.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston. Friends may call 9 a.m. until time of Mass at the church. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

For further information or to express condolences to Michael's family, visit www.grazianofuneralhome.com.

Published in Times Leader on Apr. 5, 2013
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