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Melina Capitanio, 100 – Named to Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame

Melina Capitanio, age 100, of Mahanoy City, died Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill in Pottsville.

Born in Mahanoy City, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Norina (Bisio) Capitanio.

She graduated from St. Canicus Parochial School and later attended and graduated from Mahanoy City High School Class of 1938.

She was employed for most of her life as a legal secretary.

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Prior to her retirement in 1991, she was employed with the law offices of Williamson, Friedberg and Jones in Pottsville. Her prior employment was for the late Attorneys James J. Gallagher and Frank A. Gallagher of Mahanoy City. Upon their death, she worked for Attorneys Thomas B. Noonan, Fred C. Pace and John Lavelle. She also worked at ICI America former Atlas Powder Company in Reynolds for several years.

She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City and served as a lector, the Mother Teresa Sodality, and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for over 50 years. She was a member of the Mahanoy City Senior Citizens and Golden Age Clubs.

She was a member of the Senior Corp RSVP (retired senior volunteer program) of Schuylkill County and received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award in 2010. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Mahanoy City Recreation Center. She received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a certificate in celebration of her induction into the Pennsylvanian Voter Hall of Fame for consecutively voting in the November elections for 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her brothers James, Louis, Thomas and Armond and a sister Mary. The last member of her immediate family she is survived by 2 nephews Louis J. Capitanio of Alexandria VA and Joseph A. Capitanio of Tamaqua.

Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher on Oct. 22 from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment in St. Fidelis Cemetery in Mahanoy Township.

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Contributions in Melina’s name to St. Teresa of Calcutta Church would be appreciated. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit for more information.

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