Vail Daily obituary: John H. Garbarino, 1921-2011 |

Vail Daily obituary: John H. Garbarino, 1921-2011

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Vail, CO Colorado

John H. Garbarino, 90, longtime resident of Clarion, Pa., and former resident of Vail, passed away peacefully on Nov. 28 at the Golden Living in Clarion.

He was born April 14, 1921 in Cadogan, Pa. He was the son of the late Leo H. and Annie Marguerite Garbarino. He had 10 siblings, eight of whom preceded him in death.

In 1935, the Garbarino family moved to Clarion. John was a 1939 graduate of Clarion High School and a World War II veteran of the 7th Field Hospital in the U.S. Army. He married the former Marie E. Vogelbacher. In September of this year, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

John began employment with Clarion Northwest Bank in 1950 as an installment loan officer. Helping others was a way of life for John. He was recognized for his service and leadership to the community, where he kept active as chairman of the Board of Review for the Boy Scouts of America, member and director of the Kiwanis Club of Clarion, and as chairman of the Clarion County Heart Association Fund Drive. He was a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion.

Those who knew John remember him best for his love of dancing. When not kicking up his heels, John loved skiing, swimming and watching football.

Surviving is his wife Marie Garbarino of Clarion; six children, Richard Garbarino, of Vail, Ann Landes, of Clarion, Jim Garbarino, of Clarion, Carol McGee, of Vail, Mark Garbarino, of Vail, and Nancy Pyle, of Clarion; eight grandchildren, Nina and Katie Landes, Megan Bonta, John and Molly McGee, Tess, Erica and Danielle Garbarino; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Ed Garbarino of Greenville, Pa.; and a sister, Ceila Waringa, of Clarion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Hayes, Jim, William and George Garbarino; and three sisters, Virginia Linnan, Jean Marie Kankle and Margarita Lahr.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion with Father Monty Sayers presiding.

Following funeral mass, military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 66 at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

In honor of John’s strong belief that all children should have the opportunity to learn how to swim, the family requests memorial donations be made to the “Save the Community Pool Fund,” care of Community 1st Bank, 601 Main St., Clarion, PA 16214.

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