James F. Merchant

 James F. Merchant

January 17, 2013

James F. Merchant, 47, a resident of St. Joseph’s Center since 1977, died early Thursday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton.

He was born in Philadelphia, son of Fran Martin of Vero Beach, Fl. and the late James Merchant.  In addition to his mother, James is survived by his step father Terrence Martin; a sister Sherri Ritto;  nieces Toni Ann, Lauren and Carly;  nephews Paul and Kyle Ritto; grand nieces and nephews all of Vero Beach, Fl.; an aunt Beth and uncles David and Anthony Formica;  his devoted and loving caregivers at St. Joseph’s Center.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Ella Mae Doneker and maternal grandparents Francis and Cathryn Formica.

Jimmy will always be remembered for his sweet disposition, his smile and his love of food and maracas.

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton on Tuesday January 22, 2013 at 2pm in the Cognetti Room .

Additional services will be held in Florida.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St. Scranton.

To send the family an online condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Ave Scranton, Pa. 18509.


  1. beth santore

    i’m so sorry for your loss of jimmy. i volunteer at the dayprogram where jimmy went to. my thoughts and prayers

  2. Nikki S

    I was one of Jim’s care takers at St. Joseph’s Day Program. It was my pleasure to work with Jim. We knew when he was in the building, especially if he had his maracas. Jim will be missed, but I know he’s in a better place and at peace. May the Lord be with you and his friends.

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