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John J. Laura

April 28, 1927 – Dec. 21, 2016

John J. Laura, 89, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Altoona, son of Guiseppe and Ida (Polito) Laura. He married Julia Giosa.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Joni, in California; a son, Joseph (Dianne) in Michigan; three grandchildren: Jay, Kami and Bayleigh; a sister, Catherine Paone (Anthony) of Johnstown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judyth Mielnik.

John was a 1945 graduate of Altoona High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a Technician 5th Grade during WWII. He was co-owner of LaJo Italian Market for more than 50 years.

John was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, American Legion, A&J Iaia Post 827, Kiwanis Club, Heidelberg Country Club and Italian Sons and Daughters of America.

Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Santella Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, followed by full military honors. Committal will be at Calvary Mausoleum.

In memory of John, contributions may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Keystone Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

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