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George J. Savine

June 24, 1922 – April 25, 2015

George J. Savine, 92, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Saturday at the home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Pasquale and Carmella (Faretta) Savine. He married Anna Martin on April 23, 1946, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona, and they had recently celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Surviving are his beloved wife; five children: Sherry Snively (Don) of rural Roaring Spring, George Jr. (Judy) of Altoona, Marcia Glunt of Altoona, Patrick (Dawn) in Florida and Mary Francis Diamantis (Dimitri) in West Virginia; six grandchildren: James Snively (Julie), Rebecca Henchey, Matthew Snively (Danielle), Danielle Deal (Stephen), Jason Glunt and Michelle Brooks; two step-grandchildren: Elizabeth Nixon (David) and Patrick Annesty; seven great-grandchildren: Rachel, Katie, Olivia and Anne Snively, Alyssa and Ayden Deal and Jadyn Glunt; and a step-great-grandchild, Asher James Nixon.

George is also survived by a special loving and caring niece, Karan Pasquariello, who was like a daughter; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Anthony, Daniel and infant Michael; three sisters: Angeline Natale, Valentine Natale and Mary Cherullo; and a grandson, Jeremy Glunt. He was the last of his immediate family.

George graduated from Altoona High School, where he played football, and also attended Penn State University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving as a radio technician third-class aboard the USS Boise, and he took part in the African, European, Middle Eastern and Pacific theaters. He earned various service medals, including nine battle stars. He retired from Conrail with 30 years of service.

George was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, where he served as head usher, the Holy Name Society, Nocturnal Adoration Society and Hollidaysburg Lions Club. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

A private family viewing will be held at the convenience of the family. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church by Father Daniel Sinisi, T.O.R. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.

In memory of George, contributions may be made to Garvey Manor Nursing Home or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Restoration Fund.