Angelo Anthony Zanghi, 94 years old, of Portland, New York, passed away late Monday evening, January 26, 2015 at Heritage Park in Jamestown, New York.
Angelo was born on August 10, 1920 in Silver Creek, New York, to Joseph and Mary Nicosia Zanghi. He was an area resident his entire life. Angelo was a World War II Veteran and served his country in The United States Navy. Angelo served on The U.S.S. O'Bannon, a battle‑tested Fletcher class destroyer which changed the course of the war that was waged in the South Pacific. On November 9, 2014, the Sunday before Veterans Day, The American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 of Brocton honored its oldest living member of 65 years, with two merits of service to add to his many medals already earned by him for his outstanding service to his country during the War. In a standing ovation, he was presented with The New York State Conspicuous Service Star and The State of New York Medal for Merit.
After the war, Angelo worked as a supervisor for AJ Wahl of Brocton, New York, until his retirement. He was also a member of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York. Besides his great love for his wife Pat and his entire family, he had a great interest in model trains and enjoyed his farm tractor.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Pat, whom he married on November 26, 1953, four sons, Mark (Pamela Kirst) Zanghi of Zanesville, Ohio, Joseph Zanghi of Bremerton, Washington, Stephen (Patricia) Zanghi of Westfield, New York and Thomas (Susan) Zanghi of Cassadaga, New York; one daughter, Mary Ann (Philip) DePasquale of Jamestown, New York; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Julie) Zanghi of Jamestown, New York, James Zanghi of Zanesville, Ohio, Jeremy Zanghi of Westfield, New York, Brian (Corinne) Heinrich of North Carolina, Philip Zanghi of North Carolina, Robert Zanghi of Buffalo, New York, Jennifer Zanghi of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Alex DePasquale of Jamestown, New York; two great‑grandchildren, Alyssa Knight and Kaelyn Zanghi; three brothers, Samuel Zanghi of Dunkirk, New York, John Zanghi of Brocton, New York, and Russell of Burien, Washington; and one sister, Lucy Didio of Niagara Falls, New York.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Zanghi, and one sister, Mrs. Frances Grobowski, and two infant twins, Vincent and Theresa Zanghi.
Friends and family are invited for calling hours on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 5‑8 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. in Brocton, New York. A Celebration of Life in Angelo's honor with a Memorial Mass at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York, and Full Military Honors by the American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York, will take place this coming spring and will be announced by the Morse Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials in Angelo's honor be made to the Portland Fire Department, West Main Road, Portland, New York 14769; Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, New York 14750; or the charity of your choice.