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Friday, December 9, 2011

Giovanni “John” M. Lombardi, 85, 78 Rochester Street, Bradford, PA

Giovanni “John” M. Lombardi, 85, 78 Rochester Street, Bradford, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on June 7, 1926 in Pannarano, Italy (BN), a son of Antonio and Immacolata Franco Lombardi.

On August 10, 1952 in Pannarano, Italy, he married Sabatina Borreca, who survives, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.

He attended schools in Italy.

He served in the Italian Airborne Regiment from 1946 until 1948.

Mr. Lombardi had immigrated to the United States onboard the S.S. Vulcania in June 1956. He left Naples, Italy on June 13 (St. Anthony) and arrived at Ellis Island on June 24 (St. John). He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962.

He was employed by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery from 1956 until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church; where he had been a Eucharistic minister, Head usher and an Acolyte. He was a 50+ year member of the La Stella lodge; where he had served as President for eight years. He was a member of the Catholic Men’s Society at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Pannarano, Italy and St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was an avid Bocce player and a member of the IAPC Bocce League. He enjoyed gardening, was an amateur vintner, all around craftsman, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Sabatina Lombardi, Bradford, he is also survived by one daughter, Susan (René J.) Al, Pittsburgh, PA, one son, Anthony M. Lombardi, Bradford, one step sister, Angie Petino, Bradford, one step brother, John DeBiase, Erie, one grandson, John Al, Pittsburgh, three step grandchildren, Antoinette Al, Cincinnati, OH, René Al, Jr., St. Petersburg, FL, Andre Al, Billings, MT as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Antonio Lombardi, his mother Immacolata Lombardi DeBiase, twin sons, Anthony and Mario Lombardi, two brothers, Gennaro (Adrianna) Lombardi, Cesare Lombardi and his step father, Anthony DeBiase.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Bernard Catholic Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, as celebrant. A Christian wake service will be held at 3:45 PM Sunday in the funeral home. Members of the LaStella Lodge will call as a group at 7:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home.

Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.

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