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Joe Garritano

January 20, 1949 - July 15, 2018

Joseph T. Garritano
Joseph T. Garritano passed away on July 15 after a hard fought battle with brain cancer.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, Jan. 20, 1949, a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Valla) Garritano.
He resided in Jim Thorpe with his wife Marie (Mistretta) Garritano.
He leaves behind three children, son Joseph Cooper of Philadelphia, daughter Marianne Garritano Rustad, and her husband, Joshua, of Lehighton, and son T.J Garritano, and his wife Amy Kovelenko Garritano; four grandchildren, TJ Jr., Natalie, Aidan and Avery, of Jim Thorpe; sister Connie Ciccarelli, and her son Nicholas Ciccarelli, of Queens, New York; plus nieces and nephews through marriage that he considered his own.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank.
He was a member of the armed forces, both Army and Air Force. He retired from the Air Force after 33 years of service in 2009 as a Master Sergeant. He was a member of the 193 Special Operation Squad of Harrisburg.
Service: There will be no formal calling hours, however, family and friends are welcome to join the Garritano family at the Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. as they celebrate with a tribute. On Monday, July 30, he will be buried at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at 11 a.m. with full military honors.
The David J. Stianche Funeral Home, 123 Center St., Jim Thorpe, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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