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Assunta (Sue) Bellanca


Assunta (Sue) Bellanca, 77, of Laflin, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 at her residence. Born in Pittston on September 30, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Giordano LaMarca.

She was a graduate of Pittston High School class of 1956. Sue had worked in the local garment industry; having owned and operated family businesses LaBella Dress and Mari-Belle Bridal, Pittston for many years. Later working in Quality Control for Alfred Angelo, Willow Grove. She was a member of the ILGWU.

Upon retirement from the garment industry, Sue and her husband, Salvatore D. (Sam) Bellanca, owned and operated the Garden Village Italian Deli in West Pittston. They became “grandparents” to many of the neighborhood children, teenagers and young adults who were often daily patrons of “The Deli”. Sue was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore D. (Sam) Bellanca on June 30, 2013. They were married 51 years. She was also preceded in death by a brother Cataldo LaMarca, brother-in-law Lloyd Maholski and nephew Michael Policare.

Surviving are her daughter, Susan Major, Laflin; son, Salvatore Bellanca and his wife Maria, Jamestown, R.I.; grandchildren, Erik, Devon, Ezekiel Major and Gianfranco Bellanca; sisters, Mary Policare and her husband, Dominick, Pittston and Rose Maholski, Nanticoke; sister-in-law, Claire LaMarca, Pittston; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. Those attending are asked to go directly to church. The bereavement group will recite the rosary ½ hour prior to mass. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William Street, Pittston.

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