April 11, 2012
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Philip J. Giambra, a resident of: Gino J. Merli Center, Scranton, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Regional Hospital of Scranton He was born April 4, 1920, in Robertsdale, Pa., a son of the late James Giambra and Antoinette (Loquasto) Giambra. He was the husband of the late Martha (Bosworth) Giambra. Phil was a graduate of Pittston High School, Class of 1939 Phil proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for a total of 22 years. Through his years of service, he served from Australia to Japan, which included the South Pacific Era, Philippines Islands, China and Okinawa. After WWII he served in the Berlin Air Lift in both Germany and England. The latter part of 1950, he returned to the U.S. When he returned he was stationed at various bases throughout the U.S., including three years of enlisting recruits for the USAF in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton areas. He was also a member of the Seradifalco Society, Pittston, as well as a member of the American Legion VFW Post in Hollywood, Fla. Surviving are sisters Jennie Champi, West Pittston, and Grace Saito, Tonowanda, N.Y. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Albert Giambra and Angelo Giambra, and infant sister Mary Giambra and sister Margaret Bucci. Funeral Services are entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will begin at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Corpus Christi Parish (Immaculate Conception Church) West Pittston, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Services will conclude at the church. Interment Services will take place at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., where his wife, Martha (Bosworth) Giambra, was laid to rest. Memorial contributions can be made in Phil's name to The Pittston YMCA (10 N. Main St., Pittston PA 18640) or The Gino J. Merli Veterans Center of Scranton (401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503).
Published in Times Leader on April 13, 2012