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James V. Romanelli

October 15, 1921 May 19, 2019
James V. Romanelli
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Obituary for James V. Romanelli

James V. Romanelli, 97 years old died at BRMC in Bradford, PA on May 19th, 2019.
Dear father of Linda (Chuck) Arnold of Maineville, OH, Margaret Romanelli of Rochester, NY, James M. Romanelli of Bradford and Susan Romanelli of St Augustine, FL. Devoted grandfather of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Holmes of Bradford and Rose LaFaro, of Syracuse, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Lois Botens Romanelli, his parents, Samuel and Margaret Romanelli and two brothers, Patsy and Ralph Romanelli.
James was born 10/15/1921 in Bradford, PA and attended Bradford Area High School, class of 1941. James joined the National Guard in his Senior Year and was a member of Company K when it was federalized for active duty in February, 1941. He was discharged from active duty in late 1945 and married Lois Botens of Bradford on May 22, 1948.
During his 34 years of service, including WWII and Korea, James served overseas for more than three years and was awarded five campaign ribbons; Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He distinguished himself on the Battlefield, receiving the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge and the Presidential Unit Citation. In 1947, he rejoined Company K as a platoon Sergeant, being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1948. He was recalled to active service in 1950 during the Korean Conflict and was advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant. He served two years in Germany and once back home, returned to reorganize and Command his reserve unit in 1953. James was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1971. During his time in the service he attended and graduated from the Officers Career Course at Fort Benning, GA, the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Industrial College of Armed Forces in Washington, DC. He retired from the Reserves in 1981 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
James owned and operated the City Line Inn with his late wife, Lois for 24 years. James belonged to various organizations, such as the Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, VFW Post 212, American Legion Post 108 and the Bricklayers Union Local 9, Pittsburgh.
James enjoyed the outdoors. Gardening was his passion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a big fan of the New York Yankee’s and Buffalo Bills.
Mascho Funeral Home Inc. will handle funeral arrangements. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 pm and 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 22. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernard Church will be held at 10 am Thursday, May 23. Military honor guard with entombment at St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum will immediately follow. At the request of the family, donations may be made to the St. Bernard building fund, PO Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701.


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Visitation

Wednesday

22

May

1:00 PM 5/22/2019 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5/22/2019 3:00:00 PM
Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
75 Kennedy Street Bradford 16701 PA
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

22

May

6:00 PM 5/22/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/22/2019 8:00:00 PM
Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
75 Kennedy Street Bradford 16701 PA
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday

23

May

10:00 AM 5/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
St Bernard Catholic Church

95 E Corydon St.
Bradford, PA 16701

St Bernard Catholic Church
95 E Corydon St. Bradford 16701 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Saint Bernard Cemetery Final Resting Place

432 W Washington St.
Bradford, PA 16701

432 W Washington St. Bradford 16701 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Bernard Catholic Church Building Fund

P.O. Box 2394
Bradford, PA 16701
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