James N. Lavella Jr.


James N. Lavella Jr., 91, of New Castle passed away the evening of June 9, 2019, at his daughter's residence on what would have been his 68th wedding anniversary, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on Feb. 13, 1928, in New Castle he was the son of the late James Sr. and Eleanor Ross Lavella.
His beloved wife, the former Mary R. Hudak whom he married on June 9, 1951, preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 2017.
Jim had worked for Mesta Machine for over 20 years before he retired. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country as a Seaman Radioman aboard a torpedo bomber.
He was a devoted member of St. Vitus Church, Jim also belonged to The Holy Name Society of St. Vitus.
Jim is survived by his children, Jacqueline Babick of New Castle and James Lavella III of Coconut Creek, Florida.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Stanley "Sonny" Babick; his infant brother, Stanley Lavella; brother, Stanley Lavella; and two sisters, Rose Cotelesse and Marie Gryzlak.
Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for a Mass of Christian burial at St. Vitus Church at noon. Father Victor Molka Jr. will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Vitus Cemetery.
The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform Military Rites at the cemetery. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on June 10, 2019
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