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John R. Altobelli


John R. Altobelli, 87, of Pittston, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. He was born in Old Forge on May 16th, 1929 and was the son of the late Diego and Santini (Paolini) Altobelli as well as his step-father, James Nese.

John was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. He was a graduate of Old Forge High School. Upon graduation, John enlisted in the US Army and served during WWII. After the war, he attended Lackawanna Junior College and graduated as a certified draftsman. He retired from PennDot Road and Bridge Department. In his later years, he enjoyed spending his winters with his family and friends at his home in Naples, Fl. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents and step-father, he is preceded in death by his sister, Frances Sperlunto.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Fidelis Osticco Altobelli; his son, John “Jake” Altobelli and his wife, Robin (Trotta) Altobelli of Exeter; his brothers, Mario Nese and his wife, Barbara of Dunmore and William Nese and his wife, Amy of Montana. Also surviving is his niece, Elizabeth “Betsy” and her husband, Jimmy Pisa.

The family of John Altobelli would like to thank Dr. James Bruno, Dr Mark Bernardi, and their nurses and staff for their kindness, excellent care, and support that they provided John and his family with over the years. The family would also like to thank all doctors, nurses, and staff at the VA Medical Center.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, December 5th at 11:00am at The Oblates of St. Joseph Church, 1880 Highway 315, Jenkins Twp., PA with Fr. Joseph Sibilano officiating. Friends may call on Monday. December 5th from 10:00am until time of mass. Interment will be held at the Old Forge Cemetery, Old Forge with the AMVETS Honor Guard providing military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Arrangements are provided by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

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