James L. Astolfi, 72, of Dalton, died Monday morning at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. He and his wife, the former Beryl Nafus, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October.
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Born in Eynon, he was the son of the late Louis Anthony and Clara Calibani Astolfi. He was a 1958 graduate of Old Forge High School and went on to complete the Law Enforcement Act 120 program. Jim was a former Dalton police officer and, before retirement, was a machine operator for General Dynamics. He was also a life member of the North American Hunting Association, a life member of Factoryville Sportsman's Club, associate member of Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 and former member of Dalton Fire Company.
Jim was an avid hunter and was very knowledgeable in firearms and ammunition. Known as "Poppy" by many, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Also surviving are three daughters, Melissa Astofi, Dalton; Cheryl A. Burger and husband, James, Factoryville; and Linda Astolfi-Lewis and husband, Dave, Scranton; a granddaughter, DaVae Lewis, Scranton; a brother, Louis Astolfi, Moscow; a nephew, Louis Astolfi and his wife, Amanda, Chatham, N.J.; two great-nephews, Jack and Hudson Astolfi, Chatham, N.J.; an aunt, Elsie Piersimoni, Peckville; several other nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, by the Rev. Lori Robinson, pastor, Dalton United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy Association of NEPA, 425 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18503 or Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton, PA 18414.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.lawrenceey oungfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 23, 2013