Obituary - John P. Campana

John P. Campana, 86, a resident of Loyalsock Township, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the Williamsport Hospital.

He was born in Williamsport on Nov. 14, 1919, a son of Potito and Luigia Pitaniello Campana.

John was a 1937 graduate of Williamsport High School, attended Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, graduated from Mansfield Teachers College, now Mansfield University, in 1943, and graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1952 after the war had interrupted his education.

John was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1954 and remained active in the law firm of Campana and Groulx until his death. During his law career he served as assistant district attorney under George Hess from 1953 to 1956 and served as Williamsport City Solicitor from 1968 to 1972, along with his brother and law partner at that time, Ambrose R. Campana.

His military career spanned 20 years. He started in the US Army during WWII as an enlisted man after being drafted in 1943. During WWII he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and during the Korean Conflict as a counter intelligence officer. John continued to serve in the Army reserves until he retired as a Captain in 1963.

John was a member of the Young Men’s Democratic Club, and active in the Democratic Party.

He enjoyed traveling, and always looked forward to his yearly trip to Aruba.

He and his wife, the former Martha I. Farley, were united in marriage in November of 1952 and enjoyed 47 years together until her death on Aug. 2, 2000.

Surviving are five children, Gina M. Campana and husband SSG Michael D. Seitzer of Williamsport, Ruth S. Groulx and husband Richard of Williamsport, Robert A. Young and wife Caroline of Mechanicsburg, Roberta A. Leta of Williamsport and Roland E. of Williamsport, 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a sister Mary Droll of Kansas, Mo.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ambrose R. Campana in 1993, two sisters, Jennie T. D‘Addio in 1996 and Teresina in 1918.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church,, 635 Hepburn St., Wednesday at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Interment is in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport, PA 17701.