In Remembrance of William M. Rinaldi
William M. RinaldiDunmore, PA April 29, 1922 ~ June 18, 2012 Date of Service: Private
William M. Rinaldi, Dunmore, died Monday morning at home. He and his wife, the former Frances V. Fendel were married for 66 years in February.
Born in Dunmore, son of the late James D. and Maria A. Martinelli Rinaldi, he attended Dunmore public schools and was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and throughout Central Europe as a staff sergeant during World War II. He supervised operations of the mess hall, preparing food for four hundred men, while also keeping records and supplies. For his service, he was presented with the Good Conduct Medal, American Legion Medal, African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. Prior to retirement, he was employed in the produce department of Riccardo’s Market. He was a good husband, father, and a loving uncle who was an avid reader, a baseball fan, and enjoyed crossword puzzles in the T.V. Guide. William was also a member of the former Willow Club.
The family would like to thank his caregivers Barbara, Betty, and especially Pauline for their loving care, understanding and thoughtfulness toward Billy and his family.
Also surviving is a son Donald Rinaldi, Dunmore; a sister Grace R. Coccia, Dunmore; a niece Tina Lavelle and husband Gary, Ransom; as well as several other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother Salvatore J. Rinaldi.
A mass was privately held in the St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore, with interment in the Italian-American Cemetery in the Minooka section of Scranton. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony’s Memorial Park, c/o Donald Rinaldi, 925 Jessup Ave., Dunmore, 18512.