Leo Poveromo, formerly of the Tripp Park section of Scranton and Clarks Green, died Jan. 9 at Abington Manor.
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Born in Scranton in 1924, son of the late Quinto Poveromo and Palmina Panfile Poveromo, he is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Igea Bartoletti Poveromo. They met in 1930 when she arrived from Italy and were only apart during his service in World War II.
A 1943 graduate of Scranton Technical High School where he lettered in football, he enlisted in the Navy after graduation in 1943 and was a proud veteran of the Pacific conflict. He served as a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class on the minesweeper USS Skylark and was wounded after the Skylark was sunk by a mine off Okinawa in 1945. He was a lifetime member and past service officer and commander of Tripp Park American Legion Post 886; an employee of the A&P and Tobyhanna Army Depot; accomplished carpenter and landscaper, who could build anything and make any garden beautiful.
He was also predeceased by a sister, Caroline LaSorsa.
He is also survived by a sister, Eva Fioretti; adored children, Leonard Poveromo, Loretta Poveromo and Deborah Messett; a daughter-in-law, Judi Poveromo; and son-in-law, John Pirog; and the loves of his life, grandchildren, Scott (Sarah) and Jamie Poveromo; Francesca and Sophia Pirog; Kevin, Matthew and Emily Messett; and great-granddaughters, Maria and Julia Poveromo.
Leo enjoyed the many simple pleasures of his life — watching his Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Yankees and Penn State Nittany Lions; playing billiards with his new friends at the Abington Senior Center; and monthly dinner outings with Jack Neary and his former A&P co-workers. But nothing made him happier than hearing of the academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments of his grandchildren. His family says thank you to this member of the "Greatest Generation" whose unfailing faith in God and devotion to his family and community set a wonderful example for the next generation. We will always remember him with pride, respect and the deepest love.
We would like to thank the staff at Abington Manor for their caring and kindness to Leo and Igea in these past months.
A Blessing Service will be conducted on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Friends may call Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment with military honors will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abington Senior Community Center, Attn: Kathy Stark, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Please visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhom.com, for information directions or to send an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 11, 2013