August 4, 2012
James J. Ciampi, 97, formerly of 7th Street, Bloomsburg died Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Emmanuel Nursing Center, Danville, where he had resided since August 15, 2008.
James was born Wednesday, November 11, 1914, in Mocanaqua, a son of the late Philip and Grave Sarday Ciampi.
He was a recipient of the Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in St. Lo, France. He participated in the Battle of Normandy, D-Day, serving as a Sergeant with the 29th Division of the 175th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II.
James was a faithful member of St. Columba Catholic Parish, Bloomsburg, where he was a dedicated usher.
He assisted his brother, Frank, in the operation of Ciampi Beer Distributor, Bloomsburg.
Survivors include two nieces, whom he was instrumental in raising, Angela Solenberger and husband, Edwin, of Lightstreet and Grace Penman and husband, John, of Bloomsburg. There are several additional nieces and nephews surviving.
As the last surviving member of his immediate family, Jim was preceded in death by seven siblings, Frank Ciampi on June 26, Benjamin Ciampi, Carolyn Ciampi, Joseph Ciampi, Sister Purissima, SSCM (Eleanor), Philip Ciampi and Anthony Ciampi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11, in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, with Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence, celebrant. Burial will be in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy, Pa. Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Arrangements are in the care of the Allen Funeral Home Inc., 745 Market St., Bloomsburg.
Family will provide flowers.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Emmanuel Nursing Center, 600 School House Road, Danville, PA 17821.
For friends and family wishing to send a memorial gift, share a personal memory or offer condolences to the family, a memorial tribute page in James' honor and a sympathy store are available at www.allen-funeralhome.com.