James L. Macaluso, 86, of St. Augustine, entered into eternal rest Friday, November 15, 2019 in The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton surrounded by his family. Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late James V. and Mary (Shimko) Macaluso. He was employed as a machinist for Mack Trucks in Allentown and then was the owner/operator of The Lantern Motor Lodge in Nesquehoning until retiring in Florida. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Nesquehoning and now a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. Jamesy loved smoking cigars, drinking beer, and playing bocce on his own court.
Surviving are daughters Mary Macaluso and her companion John Valerio of Fort Lauderdale, Tonimarie and her husband Duane Zeleniak of Lehighton, and Leeann and her husband Edward Kocha of Nesquehoning; a son James Jr. of Nesquehoning; a sister Barbara Kusko of Summit Hill; grandchildren Emma Macaluso, Antonina and Tatianna Zeleniak, and Lucianna “Lucy” Kocha; and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Marian Tyahla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. in the Shrine of St. Therese at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 15 E. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning with the Rev. Allen Hoffa officiating. Military interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Call Monday 6-8:00 P.M. and Tuesday 9:30- 10:15 A.M. all in the Shrine. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in his name to Marian High School, c/o the Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, PA 18240. Online condolences at www.blazoskyfh.com.
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