Andrew “Dean” Lafratta, 88, of Plains Twp., passed away Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Giacomo (Jesse) and Carmella DaMario Lafratta and was educated in the Pittston schools. Andrew was a U.S. Merchant Marine having served from March 6, 1942 to August 1, 1972. He delivered war materials to the Armed Forces in the British Isles, Europe, Mediterranean, East Africa, South Africa, West Africa, Persian Gulf, Iran & Iraq, (1943) India, Pacific Islands and Japan, and the Korean and Vietnam War Zones. In August 1972, Andrew retired as a Chief Engineer. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, (St. Joseph Marello Parish), Pittston. Some of Dean’s life pleasures were gardening, golfing and bowling. He was a beloved son, brother and uncle, who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and staff of both the Timber Ridge Health Care Center and the VA Medical Center for their compassionate care.
Surviving are his brother, Joseph Lafratta, Falls; sister, Rosella Mulcahy and husband, Joseph, Minneapolis, Minn.; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Teresa Fitzpatrick and a brother, Dominick.
The funeral will be Friday, July 27, 2012, at 9:00 A.M. from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, William St., Pittston. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 4:00P.M. to 6:30P.M., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Building Fund 237 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.