John E. Notaro of Fredonia, NY died at home on May 14, 2014.
He was born in Fredonia on Sept. 25, 1927 to the late Frank and Josephine (Panepinto) Notaro.
John worked as a city driver for Lake Shore Delivery and Hills Motor Transit before retiring in 1986. For a short while, he also worked at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served from 1944-1945 during the Panama Conflict.
On Nov. 4, 1950, John married Mary Biscaro in the old Holy Trinity Church on Ruggles Street in Dunkirk, NY. After Mary retired, they moved to California. In Hemet, Calif., he became a Lay Spiritan associated with the Holy Ghost Fathers (the Spiritans). He was very active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Every Monday, he would take the pick-up truck and go to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Riverside, Calif., to pick up the free government food to give to the poor and needy of the area. He also would load up the pick-up truck with donated clothes and bring these items to the PALA Missions. Whenever something needed to be done or repaired at the Casa Laval, the retirement home for the Spiritan Fathers, John volunteered to be their handyman.
At Our Lady of the Valley Church, he served as Eucharistic Minister and altar server. He was the pastor's right-hand man. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He served at bi-monthly pasta dinners, Tuesday cleanup, and was the church liaison. John was truly a religious man who practiced the tenets of his Catholic faith.
He enjoyed working out-doors, doing gardening and working on cars. However, when he experienced major health problems, he wanted to return to Fredonia.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary; two sons, Philip of California and Stephen of Illinois; and two grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Jo Cash of California and brother, Richard, of Pennsylvania.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Anthony's Church in Fredonia, NY with the Rev. Carlton J. Westfield officiating. Relatives and friends were invited to attend the Mass and call at the Fantauzzi Funeral Home, 82 East Main Street, Fredonia, NY on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Interment was at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Fredonia, NY. All arrangements have been made by Michael R. Fantauzzi, Director.