Semper Fi. John was a soldier: age 17 found him shipping off to Parris Island. He’d become a Master Sergeant and served in both Korea and Vietnam. Later he was stationed in Burma where he had the honor of meeting John Glenn (another great Marine). Of course, he was also a great dad; he fabricated all his kids’ costumes (he could sew with the best of them), offered sage advice, umped their baseball games maybe a little too fairly and even crafted a train set complete with a village. John was always up for a good time, especially dancing; Halloween was notable because of his familiar costume with his wife, Dorothy and the Tin Man. He loved practical jokes that made you laugh until you cried. After retiring from the Marines, he became a mail carrier in Dale City, Virginia.
John is survived by his wife, Regina, his son, John Jr. “Buddy” (Marianne) and the, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, his step children, Deborah (Joseph) Mendolia and Darlene Budd, and his sister, Concetta Deluzio. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jennie, his daughter, Barbara Ann Gardner and his brother, Anthony.
Come celebrate 93 great years Wednesday 10-11 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, 1518 Kings Highway, Swedesboro where there will be an 11 a.m. service. Interment with military honors will be 12:30 at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Monroe Township.
Donations to American Veterans (AMVETS) in Honor of John A. Palastro, Sr., AMVETS No 77 Gloucester County, 4647 Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706 will be appreciated. www.amvets.org