John A. "Jack" Brunetti of Archbald passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday evening, one month before turning 78.
Born in Peckville, he was the son of the late John and Helen Vispi Brunetti. John was a graduate of Jessup High School, class of 1961. While working for Acme Markets, he attended evening college and graduated from the University of Scranton in 1970. He joined Carnation Company as a sales rep at that time and retired from Nestle Foods as a district manager. He then took on a new venture with his brother-in-law, P.J. Gillott and started P&J Development, building townhomes until 2012. He had to give that up at that time due to a frontal lobe disorder he developed which caused him to become non-verbal.
John was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Peckville. Jack proudly served our country in the United States Army National Guard from 1964-1970. He was an avid Penn State fan and loved the Nittany Lions.
Jack married Diana Baron from Berwick, and they would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this Aug. 27. Jack and Diana had the good fortune to enjoy many years of traveling to many destinations. His favorite was Italy and he was very proud of his Italian heritage. He became active in UNICO and served as president of the Scranton Chapter in 2010. He went on to receive dual citizenship in Italy.
Jack was a wonderful husband and father. He adored his children and is also survived by son, Dr. Steven J. Brunetti and wife, Lori Ann; and son, Mark Brunetti; five grandchildren, Tim and wife, Tiffany; Juliette, Olivia, Luke and Isabella; great-grandson, Everett; sister, Helen Marie Gillott and husband, PJ; sister-in-law, Priscilla Heinbach; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Rudalavage and brother-in-law, Mike Rudalavage; sister-in-law, Stephanie Baron; and brother-in-law, Scott Heinbach.
The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville. Everyone attending the Mass is kindly asked to proceed directly to church. Entombment with military honors will follow in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Friends and family may pay their respects today from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Scranton, 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510.
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