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Anthony John D'Amore Sr., 76, of 977 Johnsonburg Rd., died at his residence on Dec. 25, 2011 following a brief illness.
He was born June 11, 1935, the son of the late Nicola and Michelina Colontonio D'Amore. He married his wife, Lois Forster, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Feb. 25, 1966. She survives.
He was educated in the St. Marys school systems, graduating from Central Catholic High School, Class of 1953. He was employed at St. Marys Carbon and Pure Industries, retiring in 1998. He was also the owner of D'Amore Machine Shop in St. Marys from 1979 to the present. D'Amore served his country in the U.S. Army and was recalled to serve during the Cuban Crisis. He was a member of the American Legion and the St. Maryâ€™s Church.
D'Amore's enjoyment in life was helping others in any way he could. He often helped by working at the Christian Food Bank and serving as kitchen help with Lois for the St. Mary's Parish bereavement dinners. He loved visiting with his kids and grandkids and also enjoyed trips to Atlantic City a couple of times a year. His last four years of winter weather were spent in St. Cloud, Fla. Summers were filled with enjoyment of his extensive vegetable garden. He was a loving husband and father and papa to his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Nick Dâ€™Amore of Pittsburgh, Melanie Phillips and her husband, Mark Dâ€™Amore of Pennington, N.J., Marcy Davis and her husband Justin of Sewickley, and Tony Dâ€™Amore Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Cameron and Amelia Phillips, Anastasia, Liliana and Elaina Davis, and Abigail D'Amore; a brother, Joseph, and his wife Mary Jane of St. Marys; and two sisters, Dora Mahoney and Theresa Geitner and her husband Patrick, all of St. Marys. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Marge Forster of St. Marys, and by many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carmin; a sister-in-law, Kathleen D'Amore; a sister, Amelia, in childhood; a brother-in-law, Jerry Mahoney; a niece, Kimberly Forster; a nephew, Tim Pichler; and a great nephew, Christopher Forster.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony John D'Amore Sr. will be celebrated in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Christian Food Bank, P.O. Box 1033; or to the Community Nurses Inc., Hospice Division, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.