Paul R. Balestino Sr.

Sept. 19, 1936 - June 10, 2019

Paul R. Balestino Sr., 82, Altoona, passed away Monday at his residence in the presence of his loving family.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Joseph and Amelia (DeMonico) Balestino. On Nov. 27, 1958, he married Anna Fanale at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Altoona.

In addition to his wife, surviving are two sons: Paul “Rick” Balestino Jr. and Mark (Karen) Balestino; four granddaughters: Maria, Veronica, Katrina and Angelina Balestino; two brothers: Father Francis P. Balestino of Johnstown and Anthony (Anita) Balestino in Maryland; and a sister, Toni Balestino of Altoona.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers: William, Nunzio, Angelo, Joseph, John, James, Nicholas and George; and two sisters: Rosie Balestino and Mary Maher.

Paul was a 1955 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School and he was a devoted husband and father. He held a position as a machinist for FL Smithe for over 35 years.

He was a devout member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Paul enjoyed gardening, sports, reading, woodworking and playing cards with his family.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends and everyone who knew him.

There will be no viewing at Paul’s request. Friends will be received for a funeral Mass that will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. Arrangements are by Santella Funeral Home.

The family requests that donations in memory of Paul may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2716 Broad Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.