Daniel Donato Savine

Daniel Donato Savine, a decorated veteran of WWII, 94, Golden LivingCenter-Hillview, Altoona, died Thursday morning at the center after an extended illness.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Patsy and Carmella (Faretta) Savine. He married Julia C. Alderisio at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, and they made their home at 1313 24th Ave. She died Dec. 12, 2012.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Savine of North Garden, Va.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, George J. Savine, of Hollidaysburg.

He was preceded in death by four siblings: Antonio “Tony” Savine, Angela Natale, Valentine H. Natale and Mary Cherullo.

Daniel enlisted as an infantryman in July 1939, trained at Indiantown Gap and Australia and parachuted in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Service Stars. He served for two years and nine months in the Pacific Theater, rising in rank to Rifle Platoon Leader and Sergeant.

Daniel worked as welder at Conrail, retiring in December 1980 with 40 years of service. He was a member of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona.

Daniel was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, United Veterans Association and 82nd Airborne Division Association, Keystone All Airborne Chapter. He enjoyed gardening.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Jones Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held during the visitation. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Committal rites with military honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.

In memory of Daniel, contributions may be made to Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 Cathedral Square, Altoona, PA 16601.