Peter A. DeQuinqua

 Peter A. DeQuinqua

April 4, 2015

Peter A. DeQuinqua, formerly of Allentown, a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton died April 4th after an illness.

Born 1924 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Dominick and Mabel Garzarella DeQuinqua.   He was a graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School where he was an all-state football standout.   Peter was a devout Roman Catholic.   Prior to his retirement he had been employed in the Allentown area as a high school teacher as well as a football coach.   A member of the greatest generation, he served in the United States Army where he earned the rank of Sergeant.   During his service Peter was part of the first landing of D-Day and fought at Normandy, the Rhineland, the Ardennes as well as Central Europe.   He was awarded various medals for his service including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart Medal.

Surviving are nieces and nephews Rita Peak; Daniel Novembrino; Frances Drake;  Sandra Hennigan;  Sharon D’Ambrosia; Maryann Coyle; Susan Safko;  John Jason, Jr; and Paul Jason;  several great nieces and nephews; great great nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by siblings Anthony DeQuinqua; Mary Novembrino;  Antoinette LaSorsa; Anna Ranakoski; Rose Molesky and Carmela Jason;  nephews Walter Ranakoski and Richard Novembrino great nephews Ronald Drake and David Coyle.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday afternoon at 5pm in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave by Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, pastor.

Interment with full military honors will be at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

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