Vincent Mammarella, 91, entered his eternal rest on Friday, April 12, 2013, surrounded by family at Manor Care Nursing Home in Kingston. Prior to this, he resided at Wesley Village's assisted living for several years.
Born in Pittston on Nov. 12, 1921, he was a son of the late Caterina Caruso Mammarella and Luciano Antonio Mammarella. He resided in Hughestown for all of his life.
Vincent graduated from Hughestown High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army
Air Corps as a radio operator in World War II
. He served in a combat cargo unit in heavily loaded, unarmed, low-flying transport planes providing food, clothing, mail and medical supplies to forward troops. While flying the China-Burma-India Theater, armed with 20 pieces of silver, a brick of hashish and a map, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, among numerous other medals. During one of these flights, his plane crashed in the Himalayan Mountains.
Vincent taught GI school, owned a garage and used car business on North Main Street, Pittston, taught adult education classes at Luzerne County Community College and served on the Hughestown Borough Council for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and was known there for his beautiful tenor voice.
He was married to his beloved wife of 68 years, Doris Moss, who preceded him in death in January of 2011. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Dr. Nancy Nagy; sisters, Mary Perfetto and Alba DeCurtis; brother, Jerome Mammarella; nephew, Anthony DeCurtis; and niece, Joanne Gravel.
Surviving are his daughter, Charlotte Driver, Hughestown; grandchildren, Richard Wallace, Amy Wallace Risinger, Luciano Antonio Driver and Rachel Driver Sepesy; great-grandchildren, LeeAnn Anderscavage, Katie and Richard Wallace, and Ian and Finn Risinger; great-great-grandchildren, Noah, Cody and Carly Anderscavage; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Park, 1831 W. 8th St., Wyoming. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.