John "Jack" Tartella

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Col. John "Jack" Tartella, Army, retired, of Carlisle, died Wednesday. Jack is survived by his wife, the former Carol Ann McGuire, of Carlisle.

Born Sept. 17, 1945, in Scranton, son of the late Vincent and Mary Armitage Tartella, he was a graduate of West Scranton High School, attended Keystone Junior College and graduated from King's College, Wilkes-Barre. He received a master's degree in military science at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His military education included Command and General Staff College and the National War College in Washington, D.C. Col. Tartella had a distinguished military career beginning as a corpsman in the Naval Reserve. Upon graduation from college, he enlisted in the Army, where he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and was commissioned as a military intelligence officer. He was a Vietnam veteran. He served in Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment ("Blackhorse Regiment"), the Berlin Brigade and the 3rd Armored Division ("Spearhead"), where he was the commander of the 533rd Military Intelligence Battalion and later the G2 of the division. Among his many awards, he was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. After retirement from the Army in 1994, he continued serving his nation as a federal employee with the Defense Intelligence Agency until his retirement in 2007.

Jack is also survived by his son, John Andrew, Springfield, Va.; four brothers, Vincent, James and wife, Eleanor, Scranton; Francis, Dunmore; and Andrew, Lakewood, Wash.; brothers-in-law, Joseph McGuire and wife, Anne, Scranton; and Gus McGuire and wife, Joanie, Clarks Summit; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Interment with military honors, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stand Up To Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91199-1224, or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Visit www.solfanellifio rillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 20, 2012
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