Bruce J. Berrettini, 76, was called home on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, while residing at The Terrace at Brookline, State College, Pa., after a 10-year battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Born in Pittston, on January 18, 1935, he was a son of the late Primo and Pauline Saporito Berrettini.
Bruce was a graduate of Dallas High School and joined the U.S. Air Force, where he went to school to become a jet mechanic. He spent six months in Italy and was later reassigned to the Strategic Air Command wing in Thule, Greenland, where as a staff sergeant he served as a maintenance ground crew chief for the B-47 Stratojet Bomber. After serving his country, Bruce married, started his family and moved to Allentown, Pa.
Bruce joined Air Products and Chemicals Inc., as a fleet truck mechanic, and later became an entry-level engineer. During his career, Bruce became a well-seasoned traveler flying to the four corners of the world to collaborate on industrial plant design, installation and operations. After earning several promotions and two individual patents, he retired from Air Products after 33 years as the director of safety for the Industrial Gas Division.
Bruce was a competitive amateur golfer and was a longtime member of Brookside Country Club, where he attained every golfer’s elusive dream, a hole-in-one.
He loved beauty in any form, including collecting and refinishing federal period antiques, enjoying the natural beauty of a sunny day on the golf course and listening to his favorite operatic arias. But nothing topped his love for his family and friends, especially the reunions with his extended family, his Air Force squadron and trips with his golfing buddies.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth (Berrettini) Moore.
Surviving are his children, Robert Berrettini and wife Bernice, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Angela Taylor and husband Jim, of State College; and Joel Berrettini and wife Debra, of Milwaukee, Wis. Also surviving Bruce are his beloved brother, Burton C. Berrettini, and wife Nancy, of Dallas; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Known as Popatini, he was deeply loved by his granddaughters, Emily, Katie, Randi, Stephanie, and Lacey.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston. Blessing Service begins at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, GA 30047 ( www.LBDA.org).
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.