Elmer Degilio, 86, of Ransom, died Saturday at home after a prolonged illness.
He was the husband of the late Delores Orlando Degilio. Born in Ransom, he was the son of the late George and Concetta Squiccimarra Degilio. He served in the U.S. Army
and was a veteran of World War II
. He was a longtime heavy-equipment operator for Pagnotti Construction, after which he started his own construction company. Thereafter, he worked for his brother, the late Raymond Degilio.
Surviving are three children, all of Ransom, Judy Degilio; Sandy DePrimo and her husband, Joseph; George Degilio and his wife, Tamie; six grandchildren, Lori Damico and her husband, Nick; Christopher LaCoe and his wife, Karen; Danielle Vranian and her husband, Michael; the late Dulcey Degilio; George Degilio and fiancé Nyssa; and Dylan Degilio; five great-grandchildren, Carly LaCoe, Gianna Damico, Olivia Damico, Christopher LaCoe and Sophia Damico; two siblings, Louise Winters of Ransom and Vito Degilio of Old Forge; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, Delores Orlando Degilio, and granddaughter, Dulcey Marie Degilio, he was also preceded in death by siblings Dominick, Daniel, Nicholas, Raymond and Rose Zdzchowski.
He was an avid hunter and gardener and spent all of his spare time helping his family. He will be terribly missed. During the course of his five-year illness, he was blessed to have two wonderful caregivers, Stefan Pivka and Tom Mecca, as well as his physician, Dr. Boccagno. The family is eternally grateful for the care and kindness they provided.
Religious services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Interment will follow in West Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.