Obituary: John Casale, pioneer Nanty Glo barber
May 13, 2002
John P. Casale, 96, a Nanty Glo pioneer and the community's best-known barber for decades, died May 12, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born April 12, 1906, in Yatesboro, he was the son of Michael and Pauline (Mallaoa) Casale. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alberta; brothers, Joseph and Charles, and sisters Camella Livolsi and Jean Zito. The last surviving member of his immediate family, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Casale was an Army veteran of World War II, a former member of the Nanty Glo Lions Club, and held honorary membership in the Barbers Union.
He opened his first barber shop in Nanty Glo in 1921, three years after Nanty Glo was incorporated as a borough.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Nanty Glo, where a public service will be held May 14 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Father David Peles. At request of the deceased, there was no viewing. Interment will be at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations were asked to be made to St. Mary's Church in John's memory.
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