Donato A. Battista

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Nov. 22, 2012

Mr. Donato (Danny) Antonio Battista Sr., 65, of Harding, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

Born in Calabritto in the providence of Avellino, Italy, on Dec, 14, 1946. He was a son of the late Rocco and Antonia Mattia Battista. He immigrated to Newark, N.J., in 1956 and graduated from Central High School, Newark, where he served as an ambassador for the National Honor Society. After high school, he went on to attend Farleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University. He was a member of the Army National Reserves. He spent his career as manager and supervisor for very successful grocery store businesses, most notably his near 20 years of service with Insalaco's Supermarkets.

Donato, or "Danny," as most referred to him, enjoyed his career but also enjoyed the little things in life and passed that mentality down to his children. A small basket of fresh figs, spending time tending to his garden, making homemade wine or a simple game of Scopa with his kids after dinner were just a few of the things that brought a smile to his face. He enjoyed conversations with old friends and spending time with relatives at their seasonal family gatherings.

He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Corpus Christi Parish, Harding.

He was the beloved husband of the former Mary Ann DeAngelo and loving father to Annamaria Battista and her fiancé, Ryan McGrady, of Center Moreland; Donato Battista Jr. and his girlfriend, Cara Bell, of Columbus, Ga. Also surviving are sister Marie Grieco of Bloomsfield, N.J.; sister Regina Manley of Scranton; brother-in-law, Joseph DeAngelo, and his wife, Hermine, of Avoca; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, Harding, with Rev. Sempa officiating. Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery, Harding. Calling hours will be private.

Arrangements are by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea. To send the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit


Published in Times Leader on Nov. 24, 2012