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Roger Joseph Fontanella

Born: Tue., Feb. 23, 1932
Died: Thu., May 11, 2017

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Sep. 29, 2017
Location: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

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Roger Joseph Fontanella 86, Columbia, SC, formerly of Dean, died peacefully at home on May 11, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. Born February 23, 1932 in Dean, son of the late Mario J. “Mark” and Albina Theresa (Rossa) Fontanella. Survived by wife, Sandra (Thompson) Fontanella whom he married July 26, 1975 in Columbia, SC., his children: David, Patrick, Robert, and Michele all of Indianapolis, IN and grandchildren and great grandchildren in Indianapolis. Sisters: Rose Ann Simelbauer and Debra “Debbie” (Ronald) Creamer, both of Altoona. Roger was a graduate of Cresson High School, Indiana Central University and attended George Washington Law School. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing especially at the Bennetts (Paul and Norma’s) condo at Pawleys Pier Village in the spring and fall. He also enjoyed his club membership at the Bull Run Fishing Club. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina. He later worked with the Department of Justice (Criminal Division) in Washington, DC where he retired. Roger can only be described by the feelings of those who knew, loved and respected him. Those of us whose good fortune brought us close to this exceptional man, we who had the opportunity to share his courage, wisdom, wit and his friendship. Courage he had in great quantity and it was displayed to us this last difficult year of his life, needing constant care the last several months, Roger managed to die as he lived, with grace and dignity. Still possessing and displaying that inward strength that characterized his uniqueness during his entire life. The poem “Crossing the Bar” by Tennyson, the first stanza is appropriate because it expresses how Roger might react to our reaction of his passing- “Sunset and Evening Star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the Bar, When I put out to Sea.” A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Frugality on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM, Rev. Robert Reese, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Frugality in Roger’s memory. The family would like to acknowledge Blue Ridge Hospice in Irmo, SC for their outstanding care for the past few months. Several ladies who privately cared for him and he anxiously awaited their arrival each day and evening, Mrs. Vera Wood, Ms. Vivian Harris, Ms. Stephanie Michelle Small and her dear mother, Ms. Jessie Lee Boykin Ball whom he loved dearly. Local Arrangements by, Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, PA 16613


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