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James Bertolini

James V. Bertolini, 69, of Drums, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening February 4, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazelton.

Born in Hazleton, April 9, 1950, he was the son of the late Victor and Veronica (Worek) Bertolini and spent his whole life in Drums.

James was a Machinist for Intermetro, Wilkes-Barre, and retired from Henkel in Hazleton. He was a member of Good Shepherd RC Church, Drums. He participated in the Hazleton Rapid Transit Car Club with his 1969 Camaro, and enjoyed target shooting and hunting. James was an eye donor after his passing, giving the gift of sight to someone in need.

Surviving are his loving wife of 44 years, the former Nancy Besitka to whom he was married on November 8, 1975, in McAdoo, PA; two children Kristina Bertolini, Hazle Twp.; and Timothy Bertolini, Drums; brother Richard Bertolini and his wife Mary Gail, Drums; sister Carol Zalutko, Drums; and sister Victoria Savarese and her husband Vincent, Centennial, CO; and grandogs Riley, Bandit, and Pippin. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

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