John Robert "Jack" Pesavento, 84, Scranton, died Thursday morning in the VNA Hospice of Geisinger Community Medical Center after an extended illness. His wife is the former Maureen "Honey" McHugh. They would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary on Aug. 6.
Born in Scranton, Jack was the son of the late John Anthony and Anna Tisi Pesavento. Jack was a 1946 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and received an associate degree from Penn State University
. Jack was a Navy veteran and served during the Korean War
from 1950-54. Jack was the third generation to own Pesavento Monuments, a family business that has been in the Pesavento family for more than 100 years. In 1973, he and his wife also opened Chimney Charm, a fireplace store in Scranton.
A master craftsman, Jack could create anything with his hands. He spent more than 65 years creating memorials, for which he won numerous state and national awards. Passing along his skills to his son, John, they became the first father and son team to become certified memorialists in the United States. Jack also served on the board of directors and held various offices in the Monument Builders of Pennsylvania and was a member of the American Institute of Commemorative Art.
Jack was a member of the North End Bowling League and he enjoyed spending time at his house at the Hideout. Taking great pride in his yard, Jack's rose garden was the jewel of Oram Street.
Jack loved to travel with his wife and family. He and his wife enjoyed many cruises and took all of their family members on a family cruise each summer. Jack was a quiet man of few words, but when he spoke, everyone listened. Witty, with a dry sense of humor, he was the strong patriarch of a large extended family. A wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather, his eyes would always light up when his family was around.
His family would like to thank his caregivers in Scranton and Philadelphia for the outstanding and compassionate care they provided over the years.
Also surviving are five children, Mary Icker and husband, Kevin, Scranton; John E. and wife, Sandy, Clarks Summit; Paul and wife, Kathy, Vienna, Va.; Ann DiFiore and husband, Felix, Upper Gwynedd; and James and wife, Susan, Enola; 14 grandchildren, Amanda McGowan and husband, Ryan; Jennifer Kapp and husband, Brian; Lauren, Jackie, Anthony, Danielle, Mia, Will, John and Lexi Pesavento; Kevin and Rebecca Icker; Nicholas and Phillip DiFiore; and three great-grandchildren, Emily and Lucy McGowan; and Grace Kapp; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph E.; and an infant sister.
The funeral will take place on Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, at 10 a.m. Friends are asked to go directly to the church on Monday. Interment will take place in Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton.
Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., in Dunmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John R. and Maureen Pesavento Community Service Award to the Commonwealth Medical College, c/o Scranton Area Foundation, 321 Spruce St., Suite 608, Scranton, PA 18503, or the
, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
To send the family an online condolence or for more information, visit www.NEPAfuneralhome.com