Thomas J. Zangari, 93, formerly of West Penn Street, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Saturday morning at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah Heights.
Born in Girardville, Feb. 19, 1922, he was a son of the late Annibelli and Rose Fazio Zangari.
He was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School and attended McCann School of Business, Mahanoy City.
Mr. Zangari was a decorated World War II Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He received the Pacific Theater Ribbon with one star, the American Theater Ribbon, the Victor Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Prior to his retirement, Tom worked for more than 40 years as a dynamite blaster for Jeddo-Highland Coal Co.
He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Shenandoah; the National LST Association and was a life member of the Sons of Italy. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Ida A. Belfiore, who passed away on April 24, 2013; his granddaughter, Adriane Zangari; five brothers and four sisters.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas J. Zangari and his wife, Jacqueline, Sunbury, and Joseph Zangari and his wife, Debra, Shenandoah; his granddaughter, Maria Zangari, Ringtown; a sister, Jean Morgan and her husband, John, Philadelphia; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Religious services will be held at noon Tuesday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.