Peter A. DeSandis

Peter A. DeSandis, 67, a lifelong resident of Daleville, died Saturday night at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. He and his wife, the former Jeanne R. Carlson, would have celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on July 25.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Nicholas J. and Ann M. Mecca DeSandis, he was a 1963 graduate of Moscow High School. After graduation, he joined the Army and served as a door gunner on the "Huey" helicopters during the Vietnam War. He was the owner of the former Pete's Sport Shop, Daleville, where he specialized in archery, fishing and firearms. He enjoyed radio controlled airplanes, wine making, hunting, fishing and was an amazing craftsman. He often turned doodles on a napkin into beautiful full-scale projects. He always had a joke and a smile and would follow it up with a great story. Pete would lend a hand to anyone in need whether he knew them or not. He was a member of the John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207, Daleville.

Also surviving are two daughters, Christina Hitchcock and her husband, Jim, Madison Twp.; and Dina Cipriano and her husband, Rocco, Scranton; a son, Dan, Daleville; three grandchildren, Joseph Hitchcock, Rocco Cipriano Jr. and Dominic Cipriano; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Christine "Tina" DeLaura.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp., with the Rev. Eric Luczak, pastor of Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist churches, to officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

A viewing will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Vietnam War Inc., 805 S. Township Blvd., Pittston, PA 18640-3327, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to military members serving abroad. To leave an online condolence, visit

Published in Scranton Times on July 8, 2013