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   JOHN EDWARD PENCOLA SR., 70, Shelocta RD S, died Monday. April 30. 1990. at his home.
   A son of Patrick and Mary Igelski Pencola, he was born Nov. 18, 1919. in DeLancey.
   Mr. Pencola was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, McIntyre; UMWA Local 1412; VFW Post 1969, Indiana; Black Leggs Trout Club; McIntyre Senior Citizens. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   A retired coal miner, he had been employed by R&P Coal Co. for 41 years, working in McIntyre. Coal Run. Kent. Jane and Emilie mines before retiring in 1983.
   Surviving are his wife, Mary Shrokman Pencola; two sons: John E. Jr., Rochester Hills. Mich.; James M.. Avonmore RD 1; a granddaughter: two sisters and a brother: Ruth M. McVay, Grafton, Va.: Patrick, Smithfield, Va.; Mrs. James (Betty) Joyner. Hampton. Va.
   He was preceded in death by his parents: a sister. Helen: a brother, Joseph.
   Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-S p.m. Wednesday in the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, where a parish wake service will be held at 2 p.m.
   Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, McIntyre, with Fr. Michael Matusak as the celebrant. Following cremation, inurnment will be made in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sagamore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd Building Fund, McIntyre. Pa.

[Indiana Gazette, Indiana, PA, 02 May 1990, Wed, Page 33]

Burial record for John Pencola indicating he was cremated prior to inurnment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Beyer (Indiana county), Pennsylvania.


John registered for the draft in Livermore, IN on 1 July 1941 and was inducted Into the Army at Altoona, PA on 27 September 1943.

The date of his arrival in Company E, 508th PIR is not known, he first appears in the Morning Reports when he went on furlough on 18 July 1944.

He was promoted to Pfc on 1 October 1944.

He was listed as being evacuated on 30 December 1944 and classed as a non-0combat injury.

In fact, the WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954] his diagnosis as "First Location: Foot, generally; Causative Agent: Cold Injury, Injury, non-battle."  He returned to duty with the company on 8 April 1945.

On 3 January 1946 Pfc Pencola arrived in New York, NY aboard the Queen Mary, which had departed from  Southampton, England on 28 December 1945.

His military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for the Holland campaign and Airborne operations.

On 25 September 1946, John married Kathryn Shrokman in St Gertrude's Church, McIntyre, PA.


John signed this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus on 19 January 1950 but apparently didn't submit it for four months on 15 April.

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