We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Pfeifer Funeral Home
Herman Charles DiGiannantoni, age 95, passed away on June 21, 2022 in a room filled with talking and laughter with his beloved wife, Barbara at his side. He was born on October 16, 1926 in Mahanoy City, PA. to the late Pasquale and Rose DiGiannantoni.
Predeceased by brothers, Daniel and William; sisters, Mary Shovlin and Margaret Ivey. Mother-in-Law, Helen Crawford Snyder, Grandson, Johnathan and Granddaughter, Brynn Shiverdecker.
Survived by: sons, Michael - spouse Rita Yuszka, Herman Jr., Joseph - spouse Brenda Hendrickson, Daniel - spouse Sherry Miller daughters, Joyce - partner Richard Lloyd, Peggy Lane - partner Robert Tomlin, Theresa. He was Grandfather to 16, Great-Grandfather to 27, Great-Great-Grandfather to 6, and a loving husband to his wife of 75 years Barbara. He was blessed to have many of them live in the central Ohio area.
Work life: Dad retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. He continued to work as a purchasing agent for Executive Jet (currently NetJets) for 16 years and was employed by Rockwell International working on the B1 Bomber for 10 years. He held a second job at Lazarus Department Store as an evening and weekend supervisor for 26 years. In his spare time he enjoyed being a Croupier at church and private gambling fund raising events.
Dad was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Gahanna, Ohio. He will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.
PALLBEARERS: Sons: Michael, Joseph and Herman Jr. Grandsons: Jason DiGiannantoni, Tyson Lane, and Kyle Innis.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, make a memorial donation to your favorite charity.
FROM HERMAN'S CHILDREN: HIS STORY
Dad's parents, Pasquale and Rose, immigrated to America from Italy in early 1920's. Pasquale came ahead and was employed with a coal mining company as after processing through Ellis Island. The mining company was working on a vein near Mahanoy City, PA so he settled there. Three years later he returned to bring back his wife Rose and 3 year old daughter, Mary. They had 4 more children, Daniel, Armond (Herman), William (Bill), and Margaret. They lived in a 3 story, 5 bedroom row house with one bathroom. They had a small yard for chickens, tomatoes, and wine grapes.
Dad went to work during high school and all monies were given to his mother for the support of the family. He was very proud that he could contribute. Dad went into the Army at the end of World War II. Later he changed to the Army Air Corps, and finally the U.S. Air Force. He met Barbara at Wright Patterson A.F.B. and was married before he moved to Sacramento, CA. where his first 2 sons were born. Next, on to Texas for 2 daughters, then to northern Maine and Okinawa and back to Maine where the last 3 children were delivered. Really, his children were born coast to coast. His family grew and grew to over 60 in the local area and with grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews his family extended from California to Texas to Boston with many stops along the way. He learned early in his life that family came first and we never heard him complain about his working hours.
Dad's greatest accomplishments often go unnoticed. He celebrated 75 years of marriage with Barbara on April 9th, 2022 and always looked at Mom with loving eyes and saw the beautiful young woman he married. He raised 7 children, and helped raise grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
There are many "Dad" stories so ask Tony to tell you about Dan getting his head stuck in the banister or
Dan can tell you how Dad hid chocolate around the house and how he gave it to his grandchildren in secret.
How Dad and kids played hide-and-seek in the dark with only flashlights.
Mom will tell you how Dad got a shiner from playing baseball with the boys.
Peg will tell you how he stroked her hair while sitting in front of him while watching t.v.
There was late night laughter when watching Johnny Carson and Benny Hill.
There were also horseshoes, picnics, endless quantities of food at parties, anniversaries, weddings, and holidays, Sunday Mass, games, cards, stories of Dad working in Philadelphia selling apples from a horse drawn cart....
None of us can forget the 1965 station wagon with 3-on-the-tree or the goat in the backseat of Dad's car....I take that back some of us forgot.
There was traveling aboard the USS Breckinridge, the storm, the food, and some of us never getting our sea legs.
At 95, Dad was the last of his immediate family from Mahanoy City. He has nieces and nephews and their children still live in various cities in Pennsylvania and in Boston. We are pleased that we know them and that some of them are able to attend. He so enjoyed our mother's family, and we are thrilled that some can attend.
Dad was a devout Catholic and his values were formed in his church. He was friendly to everyone, kind, respectful, polite, quiet, had a strong work ethic, even stronger faith and loved his family. He will be greatly missed but our loving mother will miss him the most.