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James F. Palmeri
James F. Palmeri, 91, of Martins Creek, PA, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in Bethlehem, PA. Born September 25, 1919 in Martins Creek, PA, he was the son of the late Calogero and Maria (DAmico) Palmeri. He and his wife, Bessie (Bonano) Palmeri, were married 65 years last September. Together they started a business in 1945 that grew into several businesses over the years. He began with a US servicemans ration to purchase coal. He delivered, shoveling by hand, to many families and homes in the area. He later expanded into the trucking and excavating businesses delivering oil, aggregate products and water. He then founded Palmeri Transportation, Inc, a school bus business, and later a motorcoach business. He expanded into real estate investing and developed Berry Hollow Estates. He was proud of the Palmeri name and displayed it on all of his equipment and businesses. As he would say, not bad for a 10th grade education. Conversation came easily to this man who throughout his life had an abundance of interests, varied experiences and accomplishments. It was because of these life experiences that he formed an immediate connection to everyone he met, even those who met him for the first time. He enjoyed discussing politics, economics or just plain human interest events. As a young man, he played clarinet in many local bands and enjoyed the music of the Big Band era. A child of the Depression, he was grateful for everything that was afforded to him. A kind thank you and smile accompanied every interaction. He was always thankful for the support of his many loyal employees. He was especially appreciative to the kind and gentle attention he received from the nurses and staff during his time at Easton Hospital and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. He appreciated the attention and gentleness of the many doctors who have treated him. He was a member of St. Roccos Roman Catholic Church and a member of the former Holy Name Society. He served as a corporal in the US Army during World War II where he received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. A very civic minded individual, he was a founder and president of the Lower Mt. Bethel Ambulance Corp. He served six years as a Lower Mt. Bethel Township Supervisor and was Past President of the Martins Creek Lions Club and Church Hill Cemetery Association. He was the commander of the Purple Heart Association # 128, Easton and a member of the Richmond Lions Club, Holy Cross Society, Lehigh Valley Fuel Dealers, Battle of the Bulge Association, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Father DeNisco Council # 3862, Knights of Columbus, West Bangor where he was awarded Knight of the Year and the Pennsylvania Bus Association, where he received an award for his 50 years in the school bus business. Survivors: Surviving in addition to his wife are: daughter, Dr. Sandra Costanzo, wife of Dr. Matthew Costanzo, Northfield, NJ; sons, Carl J. and his wife Roberta, Martins Creek and James J., and his wife Carol, Martins Creek; grandchildren, Carl II, Mario, Jane, Emily and Gina; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Gianna, and Nicholas; sister, Rose, wife of George Pasch; many devoted nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter, Mary Ann; brothers Charles, Fiore and Biagio; and sisters, Angelina and Antoinette. He was surrounded by a wonderful group of caregivers led by Lisa Seiple. Services: Services will be held on Friday at 9:45 a.m. at the James J. Palmeri Funeral Home, 6602 Alpha Ave., Martins Creek, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Roccos Roman Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Entombment in Church Hill Cemetery. Online Condolences may be offered at www.palmerifuneralhome.com. Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to the St. Roccos Roman Catholic Church, Church Hill Cemetery Association or Knights of Columbus, all c/o Box 45, Martins Creek, PA 18063.
Published in Morning Call on Mar. 31, 2011
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