John Mario Borrelli of Throop, passed away peacefully Tuesday at his son's home in Burke, Virginia.
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He was born in Lago, Cosenza, Italy on August 15, 1922, son of the late Angelo and Giovanna Borrelli. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy during WWII, serving aboard the USS Murray in the Pacific. After that, he worked as a cutter for B&G Pants in Dickson City until he retired in 1988. John volunteered at the annual Solemn Novena at St. Ann's Shrine Basilica for many years and was a member of the local American Legion Herbert Clark Post 180.
John enjoyed his morning visits to the Dunmore McDonald's and walking in the Viewmont Mall. He enjoyed raising tomatoes and making sauce for friends and family. John's greatest joys were his grandchildren and great-grandsons. He also got great pleasure in attending his first ever reunion of shipmates from the USS Murray in 2012.
Surviving are a son, John Angelo Borrelli and wife, JoAnn, Burke, Va.; sisters, Gilda and husband, Clemente Cupelli, Throop; Ermina and husband, Joe Perri, Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Beth Ann and husband, Miguel Cantu, Bristow, Va.; John Joseph Borrelli, Arlington, Va.; Kevin Francis Borrelli and wife, Brenda, Dickson City; and Caitlyn Rose and husband, Mark Bevilacqua, Peckville; great-grandchildren, Michael Austin Cantu, Bristow, Va.; great-grandchildren, Michael Austin Cantu, Bristow, Va.; and Jacob James Borrelli, Dickson City; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Felice (Runco) Borrelli; a son, James Nicholas Borrelli; and grandson, Matthew James Borrelli.
The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Parish at St. Anthony's Church, Throop. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.
Visitation, Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Military services by American Legion Herbert Clark Post 180 will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations, if desired, may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Send online condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 23, 2013