James J. Traglia, 97, a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton.
Born in Pittston, on Nov. 28, 1920, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Philomena Serafine Traglia.
He was a life resident of Pittston until he became a resident at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, in March 2011.
James attended Hughestown schools. He was a veteran of World War II and served his country with honor and pride. On Jan. 14, 1942, he volunteered and joined the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division. Jim engaged in combat at the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice during the Normandy Invasion. Jim received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and a Presidential Citation from President Harry S. Truman for his outstanding service to his country.
He was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 20 years, retiring in 1974.
Jim was a member of the AMVETS and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 in Dupont.
His everyday passion was spending time in his garden. He will always be remembered as a very kind, generous and soft-spoken person.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary Licata, in 1974; son, Samuel, in 1989; brothers, Louis, Anthony, Nicholas and Joseph Traglia; and sisters, Maria Traglia, Madeline Gohl and Jennie Cardillo.
Surviving are his son, James S. Traglia and his wife, Elizabeth, Pittston; daughter, Helene Traglia and her partner, Richard Palmer, Pittston; grandsons, Anthony and Joseph Traglia and Joseph Dweck; granddaughters, Anita Traglia and Marcy Dweck; five great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for the excellent care and service given to James during his stay there. The family also thanks the nurses at Geisinger Community Medical Center fifth floor for their compassion and care they gave to James during his final hours.
Funeral services were Monday from Adonizio Funeral Home LLC, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, with full military honors provided by AMVETS Post 189, Greater Pittston Honor Guard.
Interment was in St. Rocco’s Cemetery, Pittston.
To leave a condolence, visit James’ obituary at www.adoniziofuneralhome.com.