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John Anthony Sinisi

Dec. 5, 1925 - Nov. 1, 2014

John A. Sinisi, 88, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Saturday morning at the home.

He was born at home in Altoona, son of the late Donato and Antonia (Gioiosa) Sinisi. He married the love of his life, Gloria R. Corrado, on Dec. 12, 1970, at St. Mark Catholic Church. Together they shared a glorious 41 years of marriage until her passing on Oct. 31, 2012.

John was the youngest and last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by five brothers: Michael, Anthony, Henry and two as infants; four sisters: Mrs. Carmel (Sinisi) Sinisi, Misses Mary and Assunta (Susie) and one as an infant; one sister-in-law, Mary (Michael's wife); and one brother-in-law, Patsy (Carmel's husband).

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Mrs. Floryne (Anthony) Sinisi, in New Jersey and her children: Ellen O'Brian, Joanne Sauter, Tony (Penny) and David (Carolyn); Michael's children: John A. Sinisi and Father Daniel, TOR; Carmel's children: Lorraine Penhos, Mary Ann Stacey and an extra-special nephew, Anthony D. Sinisi and his wife, Nancy, of Hollidaysburg, who both lovingly cared for his health and welfare for the last five years. He is also survived by 10 great-nieces and great-nephews and one great-great niece, one Corrado sister-in-law, Marjorie Hamer of Bellwood and her extended family.

John was a 1944 graduate of Altoona High School. Immediately upon his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Parachute Infantry Division, now known as the U.S. Army Air Corps. John proudly served during WWII from June 28, 1944, to Dec. 9, 1946, first in Company E 508th Parachute Infantry Division, then Company D 504th Parachute Infantry Division, then and now known as the famous 82nd Airborne.

He served in the Battle Campaigns of Rhineland and Central Europe. Known as "Over the Rhine," where he and his comrades "stepped into complete darkness at 850 feet wearing 95 lbs. of equipment and 68 lbs. of parachute," he and the lucky few survived having been dropped behind enemy lines. John was awarded the EAME Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Service Stars, and the WWII Victory Medal, and, most importantly, the Bronze Star Medal for "meritorious achievement in ground combat against the armed enemy during WWII in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations."

John retired as a highway surveyor from PennDOT. In retirement, he and Gloria traveled extensively, having visited all 50 states. They especially enjoyed attending the annual 82nd Airborne WWII survivor reunion until frail health curtailed that.

John was an avid collector of nutcrackers.

He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, an over-50-year member of the VFW, and a member of the 82nd Airborne Veterans Organization, serving as president and in other capacities over the years.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at Santella Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Committal with military honors will be at Calvary Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be given to Garvey Manor Nursing Home.