John A. Zaccheo

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John A. Zaccheo of West Scranton died Tuesday at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lucille Gallagher.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Vito and Pauline Piazza Zaccheo, he attended local public schools and was a June 1943 graduate of Central High. During World War II he served in Europe with the 94th Infantry Division. He earned the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, World War II Victory Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Medal. He also served in the army of occupation as a communication sergeant and was honorable discharged in 1946. Before retiring, he worked in the cutting room at Linder Bros. for 32 years and then in other local cutting rooms.

He was a vice president of his local and president of the Shagmoor Bowling League. He also bowled for 40 years in the S.S. Business Men's League and served as treasurer for 30 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Lucy's Church, a member its Holy Name Society and past president and also served there as an acolyte. He was also an assistant cubmaster of Pack 77 and scoutmaster of Troop 77. During his time with the troop more than 20 boys attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also awarded the Order of Merit, the St. George Emblem for Catholic scout leaders and his wood badge for scout leader.

During his life he was an active blood donor and had donated more that nine gallons. He also served as a manager and coach in the Tripp Miss E softball league for 11 years.

Surviving are three sons, Dr. Gerard Zaccheo and wife, Joy, Johnstown; John and wife, Lee, Scranton; and Vito and wife, Sandra, Clarks Summit; a daughter; Mary Kay Mercanti, Dickson City; daughter-in-law, Mary Rose Zaccheo, Scranton; a sister, Lena Renock, Lewisburg; and 10 grandchildren, Dana, Christopher, Kelly, Michael, Derek, Nadine, Nyssa, Nori Zaccheo, and Megan and Craig Mercanti.

He was also preceded in death by sons, Lawrence and James; and brothers, Carmen and Pat.

The funeral will be Friday from the Patrick F. Guido Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Visit www.patrick for information directions or to send an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on June 23, 2011
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