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Raymond Patrick Ardoline

Raymond Patrick Ardoline, age 90, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 in Burke Nursing Center, Fairfax County, VA.

Born in 1933, he was the son of Joseph and Margaret (nee DePietro) Ardoline of Pittston, Pennsylvania. Mr. Ardoline was predeceased in death by his brothers and their wives, Charles (Catherine), William (Annie), Michael (Louise) and his sister Margaret, also known in the community as Peggy Ardoline, and Robert’s wife, Arlene, who died most recently in November 2022. His brother Robert still resides in Pittston. Mr. Ardoline is survived by his wife Natalie S. Marsh Ardoline, who resides in the family home in Alexandria, VA, and by many nieces and nephews, who reside in the Pittston area.

Raymond graduated in 1951 from Pittston Senior High School and then attended and graduated with a B.S. in pre-medicine from the University of Scranton. He entered the United States Army in September 1955 and served until August 1961 both on active duty and reserved status. He was honorably discharged and awarded the Army Occupation Medal for serving at an Army hospital in Berlin, Germany.

Raymond and Natalie travelled extensively including almost all the countries in South American where they climbed Machu Picchu in Peruvian Andes. They also visited every country in Central American and sailed through the Panama Canal four times. They visited several North African countries – Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt. Mr. Ardoline wanted to return to Germany so they traveled back to see Berlin in 2019. In addition, they traveled to all Western and Eastern European countries. But his favorite trip was when they traveled by Canadian Rail across Canada starting in Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in Halifax with stops along the way in Banff National Park, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.

Before retiring and travelling, he was employed by the United States federal government where he was Senior Logistics Program Manager for the Navy’s Blue Angels (EF-18) and then assigned to support the Spanish Air Force’s EF-18 program. This assignment ended on 28March1988. His last assignment was to support the NavAir AR 412 program. Mr. and Mrs. Ardoline resided in Alexandria, Virginia for their married life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon (George Washington’s estate), 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22309 or St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325.

Mr. and Mrs. Ardoline were members of Mount Vernon’s Neighborhood Friends and supported Mount Vernon because their house stands on what was once Dogue Creek Farm owned by George Washington.

A service of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023 with viewing at 0800 and mass at 0930 at St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery to follow the Mass. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, Pittston.

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