George S. Cherry, 91, of 1826 Bendigo Rd., Johnsonburg, died the morning of Sept. 10, 2013 following a short illness at Scottish Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Laurinburg, N.C.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1921 in Johnsonburg, the son of the late John and Anna Dellaquila Cherry.
He married Mary Chupa on Jan. 12, 1946 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. She died March 26, 2012.
George resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1939 and attended propeller school for one year. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501, VFW and the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Burial Detail. He was an avid bowler and accomplished athlete in his youth.
George was a WWII Army veteran serving overseas as a Corporal with the 505th Bomb Group, 483rd Bomb Squadron in the Air Offensive of Japan, the Eastern Mandates and Western Pacific where he received the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He worked at Penntech Papers for 43 years retiring at age 65. George had also worked for Keiser Steel in California for one year and the Lantz Corners Hotel and Restaurant for six years.
He is survived by three daughters, Dianna, Mrs. Nick Coumos, of New Kensington, Sylvia "Cindy", Mrs. Gary Carnessali, of Johnsonburg, and Eva Hyatt of Laurinburg, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Simchick, Lynn Buttery, Christina Dorko, Mike Coumos and Andy, Tony and Steven Carnessali; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Ceriello of Englishtown, N.Y., and Margaret Scutella of Johnsonburg; and a son-in-law, Richard Simchick of Johnsonburg.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, a daughter, Georgiana Simchick; brothers Joe, Pat, Tony, Jim, Luke and Vito Cherry; sisters Viola DiLulio, Mary Cardoni, Adeline Weirich and Zelinda "Zil" Schieler.
A funeral service for George S. Cherry will be conducted at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, Johnsonburg, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg.
Interment will be at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Johnsonburg.
Friends will be received at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut Street Johnsonburg, Pa. on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
If desired, memorial contributions should be made to the Johnsonburg Community Trust for the VFW Mural Fund c/o of the Johnsonburg Borough Building, 100 Main Street, Johnsonburg, Pa. 15845.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
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