James J. (JJ) Scalise, 87, of Warren, Pa. died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family, after an illness of the past 5 months. He was born October 18, 1923 in Warren to the late Anthony and Frances M. Scalise. He was a 1943 graduate of Warren High School. Jim was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the LST 1016 as a Motor Machinists Mate, First Class. He was awarded the American Theatre Medal, Victory Medal, AsiaticPacific Medal with one star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was honored as a veteran at the 911 Memorial Service in 2010. He was employed as a postal carrier for the U.S. Government working in the Warren Post Office retiring from there in October 1986 after 26 years service. He had previously been employed with the former Dan Chevrolet as a mechanic. He attended the First Church of the Nazarene. He was a volunteer with R.S.V.P working in the Toy Shoppe, he was a member of U.C.T., Warren Bocce Group. He was an avid gardener, woodworker, New York Yankee and Cleveland Browns Fan. He is remembered as a real people person, who enjoyed telling stories, and loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Grace Heald Scalise whom he married June 19, 1948 in Warren, 3 Children Barbara Zingone and husband, Daniel, Douglas J. Scalise and wife, Linda all of Warren, Mark A. Scalise and wife, Susan of Waterville, Oh., 1 Sister Mamie Spear of Warren, 1 Brother Richard A. "Dick" Scalise and wife, Alice of Youngsville, 3 grandchildren Jessica Ceriola, Lisa and Joseph Scalise, 2 Step Grandchildren Jason and Joshua Schober, 2 great grandchildren Morgan and Mason Ceriola. Several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Sister Marie Cole, 1 Brother Anthony Scalise, Jr. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. , 304 East Street, Warren, Pa. on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. where a funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. G.A. Hankins, Pastor and Rev. John Anderson, Associate Pastor, both officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Detail and the U.S. Navy Personnel. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa. 16365 or Paws along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, Pa. 16365. Those wishing to submit email condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.