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Candles for each veteran remembered during the service remain lit while participants (from left) honor guard members, memorial speaker the Rev. Michael Milinovich, acolyte Gina Beneccio and the Rev. John T. Sweeney of Holy Family Church continue with the program on Nov. 11, 2014.

The West Newton community honored its deceased veterans during a biennial memorial service Nov. 11 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. The Rev. Michael Milinovich was the guest speaker.

The service, sponsored by the J. William McCauley Jr. Funeral Home Inc. of West Newton, saluted all deceased veterans and POW/MIAs of the community. The Rev. John T. Sweeney, representative of the West Newton Association of Churches, officiated the service. This year marked the 16th time the service has been held to honor the community’s veterans and their families.

Names of veterans from West Newton and surrounding communities who died since Veterans Day, 2012, were called and family members lit candles in his or her memory.

The following veterans were so honored (name, date of death, service branch, period of service): Peter P. Hough, Nov. 13, 2012, Army, Korean War; Ettore Frank Rossetti, Nov. 20, 2012, Army, Peacetime; Walter M. Kisner, Nov. 22, 2012, Navy, World War II; Clarence L. Miller, Dec. 20, 2012, Army, World War II; Edward T. Kizielewski, Jan. 2, 2013, Navy Peacetime; Mark T. DeVittorio, Feb. 14, 2013, Navy, Vietnam War; Herman W. Frohnhofer, Feb. 20, 2013, Air Force, Vietnam War; Robert Swalchick, Feb. 27, 2013, Army, Korean War; John Sedunov, March 21, 2013, Army, Peacetime; Esther Prosba, March 21, 2013, Women’s Army Air Corps, World War II; John J. Jury, March 26, 2013, Army World War II; Carl P. Holomshek, March 29, 2013, Marine Corps, Peacetime; Robert W. Bergman, April 21, 2013, Army, Korean War; Calvin Philip Comer, April 25, 2013, Army, World War II; Dean Lowanse, April 27, 2013, Army, Korean War, Jackie Lew Troup, May 8, 2013, Army, Korean War; John A. Oblak, May 11, 2013, Army Air Corps, World War II; William L. Rae, May 13, 2013, Air Force, Peacetime; Gary Joseph Gaums, June 30, 2013, Army, Vietnam War; Randy G. Blanish, July 20, 2013, Navy, Peacetime; John Merlino, July 21, 2013, Army, World War II; Donald Lee Robbins, July 24, 2013, Army, Vietnam War; Regis L. Spaniel, July 27, 2013, Army, Peacetime; Wayne A. Crise, Aug. 26, 2013, Army, Vietnam War; Silvio DiClaudio, Sept. 12, 2013, Army Air Corps, World War II; Peter P. Ritzo, Sept. 12, 2013, Marine Corps, Vietnam War; Theodore T. Simon, Sept. 27, 2013, Army, Peacetime; Edward Delduca, Sept. 30, 2013, Navy, World War II; James Rock, Oct. 2, 2013, Navy, World War II; Richard Howell, Oct. 3, 2013, Air Force, Vietnam War; Edgar A. Oblak, Oct. 21, 2013; Marine Corps, Korean War; Rev. John E. Duvall, Nov. 6, 2013; Navy, World War II; Donald R. Green, Dec. 3, 2013, Army, Korean War; Norman W. Breakiron, Dec. 12, 2013, Army, World War II; Clarence S. Sickles, Dec. 20, 2013, Army, World War II; Adolph S. Codluppi, Jan. 28, 2014, Army, Korean War; Nicholas E. Stulock, Feb. 22, 2014, Army, World War II; Ronald E. McMillen, Feb. 22, 2014, Air Force, Korean War; Boyce M. Cecchett, Feb. 24, 2014, Marine Corps, Korean War; William L. Hunter, March 29, 2013, Navy, World War II; Charles A. Johnson, April 23, 2014, Navy, World War II; Ronald J. Olschon, May 19, 2014, Army, Peacetime; David T. Scalercio, June 4, 2014, Air Force, Vietnam War; Richard G. Matthews, June 14, 2014, Navy, World War II; Stephen Paul Magga, July 23, 2014, Navy, Vietnam War; John G. McMaster, Aug. 6, 2014, Navy, Vietnam War; Jason Spoonhoward, Aug. 25, 2014, Army, Peacetime; Florian Figiel Sept. 20, 2014, Navy, World War II; John Soroka, Oct. 6, 2014, Navy, World War II; and David A. Hickle, Oct. 21, 2014, Navy, Vietnam War.

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