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Benedict “Benny” Zangari, 95, Lancaster, passed away on January 6th, 2018, in Philadelphia. Born in Manheim Township, he was the son of the late Domenico, Sr. and Mary (Cassido) Zangari. Benny was one of thirteen children.
   Having served honorably during WWII with the 508th Parachute Inf. Reg. and Prodigy, Benny was part of a family that had eight brothers and one sister who served during war time (Pearl Harbor, WWII, and Korea) and served honorably.
   Benny owned one of the well-known local Zangari Pizza Shop’s on Chestnut & Broad Streets and he was also in the entertainment business. Benny was a full-time volunteer with the old Lancaster County-owned Conestoga View Nursing Home, where he was awarded the 1993 Volunteer of the Year for PA Association of County Affiliated Homes.
   He is survived by four brothers and one sister: Dominic, Jr., of Satellite Beach, FL; Louis J., husband of Jacqueline Fitzgerald Zangari, of Bausman, PA; Ronald, Sr., of Lancaster; Gerald, of Lancaster; Marie Zangari, of Lancaster; and sister-in-law Eileen Green Zangari, of Lancaster.
   He was preceded in death by brothers John, The Rev. Salvatore V., Anthony, Francis, and sisters, Lucy Van Buskirk, Mary Fetterhoff, and Theresa Zangari Terriman.
   Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 501 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, January 19th 2018 at 11AM. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery with Military Honors.
   In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be sent to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St. Lancaster, or a charity of one’s choice.

Benedict registered for the draft ca. 1941 and  enlisted in the Army on October  1942.

He was assigned Company B, 508th PIR and went through basic training with the regiment at Camp Blanding, FL.

On 29 January 1943, Pvt Zangari was transferred to the 103rd Infantry Division, Camp Claiborne, LA.

He was discharged at Camp Claiborne, LA on 6 October 1943.


On 17 January 1950, Benedict submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus.  He was credited with 12 months of domestic duty and received a $120 bonus award.

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