Dante "Danny" Ciotti, 88, of Jermyn, died Sunday night in the VA Community Living Center, Wilkes-Barre. His wife, the former Dorothy Zielinski, died in 2006.
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He was born in Jessup, son of the late Antonio and Maria Tommasoni Ciotti. He was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, and graduated from Archbald High School and jewelry school in Lancaster. He was the proprietor of Jermyn Jewelers for more than 60 years. Before World War II, he was a welder in the New Jersey shipyards. He was a World War II Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by three nieces, Ann Marie Fulmer and husband, George, Dickson City; Carol Malley and husband, Jed, Long Island, N.Y.; and Maria Malley and husband, Michael, Chattanoga, Tenn.; a nephew, Joseph Malley, Dickson City; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Ciotti; a sister, Christine Malley; and a nephew, Fred Ciotti.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Battenberg Funeral Home, 363 Washington Ave., Jermyn, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Jermyn, celebrated by Monsignor Dale Rupert. Entombment, Our Mother of Sorrows Mauseleum, Finch Hill.
Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 15, 2013