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James Cristini, age 90, of Play Ground Road Brockport, died Jan. 6, 2012 at his residence.
He was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Indiana, Pa., son of Augusto and Maria Bartoletti Cristini.
He was married to Virginia M. Zimmerman, she preceded him in death on May 8, 2009.
He was a member at St. Tobias Church in Brockway and a member of the Brockport Army/Navy Club where he enjoyed being the clubs oldest lifetime member, as well as serving as a director for many years. He also belonged to the Horton Township Sportsmens Club, Brockway Sportsmens Club, Brockway Orient Club, S.O.I. Club and the V.F.W. Club in Crenshaw.
Jim was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during World War II.
He enjoyed playing cards, going to yard sales, wine making and gardening. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jim donated land and was instrumental in developing the Brockport play ground. He also organized the relocation of the Veterans Memorial Plaque at the Brockport Army/Navy Club.
In June of 2011, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame for having voted consecutively at every November election for the last 50 years.
He was retired and had been employed in the Maintenance Department at Ridgway Color and Chemical.
He is survived by two daughters, Carol (Denny) Keister of Brockport and Gale (Leno) Serafini of Harrisburg; one son, Gary (Ann) Cristini of Brockway; and two sisters, Enes LaBorde of Emporium and Dorothy Wisor of Brockport. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son, James "Buddy" Cristini; a brother, Frank; and a very young brother, James. He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Olga Tamburlin, Mary Genevro, Bruna Mattone, Elizabeth Vibbert, and an infant sister, Elizabeth.
Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Jan. 9 at St. Tobias Church in Brockway at 9:30 a.m. Officiating clergyman will be Msgr. Charles Kaza.
A Vigil Service was held Sunday afternoon at 6:45 p.m. also at the funeral home. Full Millitary Honors will be accorded by Parson-Marnatti Post #95 of the American Legion Monday morning at the cemetery.
Place of burial will be St. Tobias Cemetery in Brockway.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Brockport Play Ground Fund, D.R.M.C. - Hospice or to the charity of the donors' choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.csfhinc.com.
Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc., 1033 4th Avenue, Brockway, Pa. 15824, phone 814-268-2732, entrusted with funeral arrangements.