James A. Nocito, 92, of West Pittston, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Born in Pittston Township on June 22, 1928, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Ardo Nocito.
In 1945, he graduated from Pittston Township High School and thereafter enrolled at the University of Scranton. However, within three weeks of his eighteenth birthday, he left school and enlisted in the United States Army and served as a military policeman in occupied Japan. He was awarded a World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal for his service.
After his Honorable Discharge from the Army, he returned home and worked at Detato’s Market, and later at Acme Markets, in Pittston. He then spent over forty years in the insurance business before retiring.
In 1956, Mr. Nocito married the love of his life, the late Peggy Miller Nocito. They were wed for fifty six years and had five children together. Mr. Nocito was a devoted family man, and was immensely proud of his children,
their spouses, and his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed a wonderful relationship with his beloved sister, brothers and brothers-in-law, and nothing made him happier than when the family was together, which was a regular occurrence.
Mr. Nocito was always quick with a joke or a funny story, which he never hesitated to share with family and his many friends. He loved to cook, and his sauce and meatballs were legendary. He enjoyed the outdoors, and continued to golf until he was well into his 80's. He lived his life to the fullest, always with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by his family and all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Mr. Nocito was a devout Catholic and was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception
Church and Corpus Christi Parish. His compassion and kindness were evidenced by the tender and steadfast care which he provided to his beloved wife during the final years of her life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Miller Nocito; sister-in-law, Alice Nocito; and brother-in-law, attorney William Miller.
Surviving are sister Marie Nocito Solano (Patrick); brothers Frank Nocito (Janice) and Michael Nocito; children, attorney Frank Nocito (Lori), Exeter; Peggy Balberchak (Michael) and their children, Michelle Balberchak, Jamie Joyce (David) and Jillian Balberchak; James Nocito and partner Richard Allyn; attorney Joseph Nocito (Kristine) and their sons, Sam, Nick, Jude and Joey; and attorney John Nocito (attorney Jennifer) and their sons, Will and Luke; great grandchildren, James and Patrick Joyce.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.