Pasquale “Pat” Lacertoso, 90, Dunmore died Wednesday at home.
His wife the former Ann Marie Pietrafesa died in 2014.
Pat was born Dec. 16, 1929 in Dunmore along with an identical twin brother Joseph to Vito Anthony and Philomena Pane Lacertoso.
Pat was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1949 and the Johnson School of Technology.
Following graduation from Dunmore High School both he and his brother Joseph went into the work force and were drafted together into the U.S. Army in March 1951. They were both sent to basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and thereafter were sent to Korea where they served together with the 1st Calvary, 70th Tank Battalion inside the same Sherman tank for ten months.
That was not there first battle, that came at birth when both brothers weighed in at 2 1/4 and 2 ¾ pounds respectively. With the care of their mother they survived in a homemade incubator near the kitchen coal stove.
Pat was a faithful member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore, were he attended daily mass and served as an usher. He served as a past officer of the Jr. Order United American Mechanics. He was also a longtime member of the Elite Social Club, Dunmore and was active with its annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Prior to retirement he was employed by Astro Apparel Co., South Scranton.
Pat was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother ,uncle and grandfather especially to his granddaughter Carissa Hart, Dunmore who he helped care for from birth to becoming an adult and was very proud of her accomplishments . He and his wife enjoyed spending time together especially trips to Atlantic City and local casinos.
His family would like to offer a special thank you to Mike Tomarelli for his dedicated care of Pat.
Also surviving is a son, Joseph T. Garvey and wife Ann Marie, Virginia Beach, Va., a daughter, Judy Foe and husband, John, North Ft Myers, Fla., a sister Dolores Kersavage and husband, Bob, Dunmore, two brothers, his identical twin, Joseph and wife Carmella and Anthony and wife Angie all of Dunmore., a son-in-law Kevin Hart, Jefferson Twp., eight grandchildren, several great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Marie Hart, Jan. 19, 2020, a brother James and his wife Ann and an infant sister, Isabella.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 East Drinker St., Dunmore with mass of Christian burial at 9:30 A.M. in St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore, Interment with military honors to follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Friends may call Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
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