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John A. Calabria, 87, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully the afternoon of Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Community Living Center at the VA Medical Center in Butler.
He was born in Sabraton, West Virginia, on Sept. 29 1929, to the late Angelo Mario "Charley" Calabria and Mary Elena Rocco Calabria.
He graduated from New Castle High School in 1948.
He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.
He worked first at Shenango China in New Castle, then in yard shipping at the former Babcock and Wilcox Tubular Products Division in Beaver Falls, until retiring in 1983.
John was a longtime member of Holy Redeemer Parish. He was an avid bowler, accomplished softball player and a huge New York Yankees fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Celli Calabria, who died on Nov. 5 2008. They were married on July 18 1953.
He is survived by two sons, John A. Calabria Jr. of Ellwood City and Angelo Calabria of Wampum; three grandchildren, Miranda, Crescenzo and Andrew Calabria; and several nieces.
John was the last of his family, and was preceded in death by a brother, Carmen "Charles" Calabria; and five sisters, Mary Russ, Margaret Vasilcik, Pauline Tranquillo, Angeline Calabria and Carmella "Mitzie" DeMattio.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Turner Funeral Home, 500 6th St., Ellwood City.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Parish Church, Fourth Street at Park Avenue, Ellwood City.
Burial will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Holy Redeemer Parish.
The Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military honors at Locust Grove Cemetery.
You may read the obituary, sign his guestbook or offer condolences to the family by visiting www.turnerfh.com.
Published on June 12, 2017
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