C. John Mascitelli

Nov. 28, 1926 June 17, 2014

C. John Mascitelli, 87, Altoona, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Vincenzo and Josephine (Daulizio) Mascitelli. He married his wife of 63 years, Nancy (Suders), on Dec. 30, 1950.

Surviving are his wife; three children: C. John Jr. and wife, Deborah, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Diana Naugle and husband, Gary, of Lilly and Patricia A. Benjamin and husband, Harry K., of Altoona.

He was the beloved “Pap Pap” to eight grandchildren: Heather, Michael and C.J. Mascitelli, Tom Vagnier and wife, Trisha, Elizabeth Benjamin and husband, Adam Lardieri, Nicholas Benjamin and fiancee, Heather Laird, and Jennifer and Emily Benjamin; and to nine great-grandchildren, for whom he always had lollipops.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Angelo, Lewis and Rome.

John, nicknamed “Chico” by his mother, graduated from Altoona High School and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1944-46 as an electrician’s mate third class, Construction Battalion or “Seabee,” while stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

After his time in the Navy, he came back to Altoona and began working for what was then the Pennsylvania Railroad. Affectionately referred to as “Pope John” by co-workers, he ultimately retired from the position of yardmaster after working for the railroad for 40 years.

John was a dedicated member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona, where he served as an usher for more than 10 years.

He was a kind and generous man who always was available to help out his neighbors and friends. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football, playing cards and pinochle, swimming and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, officiated by Father Brian Saylor. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.