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|Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:32 pm Post subject: John A. Lane 1917 - 2010 St. Bernard Cemetery
|John A. Lane, 92y, formmerly of 44 Williams Street, Bradford Pa., died Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville, MD, following a stroke and a fall.
He was a lifelong Bradford resident prior to his move to Marian Assisted Living in Brookeville, MD in 2006.
John Aldert Lane was born on September 5, 1917 in Walden, N.Y., the son of Charles J. & Minnie Mae Eckert Lane. He graduated from St. Bernard's School in 1935. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angeline Marie DeSantis Lane, whom he married in June 1946.
At World War II's outbreak, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and saw action in the European Theater as a First Lieutenant staff intelligence officer in the 69th Infantry Division, Engineer Combat Battalion. A little known fact he often told was how his division was within striking distance of Berlin near the war's end and was preparing for an assault on that city when they were ordered to defer their engagement in favor of the advancing Russian troops, thus allowing them to claim the historic and symbolic victory. His division also contributed to the liberation of the concentration camp in Leipzig, Germany. In tribute, the flag of the "Fighting 69th" hangs proudly at the entrane to the Holocaust Museum in Washingon, D. C.
An English major in St. Bonaventure College Class of 1950, Mr. Lane's career somehow always revolved around the written word. He wrote for the old Bradford Evening Star newpaper and the local Producers' Monthly petroleum industry trade magazine. He also wrote advertising copy for the Zippo Manufacturing Co. and The Bradford Era. His retirement from The Era on March 29, 1985, garnered a full-length tribute in 'Round the Square'. Over his career and in retirement, Mr. Lane wrote numerous articles of general interest for Era readers, many of which appealed to local history buffs, such as Bradford's connection to the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn (answer: Custer City) and insights into the exploration of early McKean County by obscure advernturer, Philip Tome. An avid outdoorsman, his last article in 'Round the Square' , on coyotes, was published on February 8, 2010.
Mr. Lane served on the Bradford Civil Service Commission for 15 years through the early 90's. He was a lifetime member of the Lewis Roche VFW Post 212 and the Knights of Columbus Council 403.
He is survived by a sister, Martha Kevin of San Antonio, FL, a daughter, Barbara L. Haff (James) of Lake Zurich, IL, a son, John C. Lane (Valarie) of Brookeville MD; and four grandchildren, Hilary M. Lane, Bianca A. Lane, Erin M. Lane and John P. Lane.
Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church with the Rev. Leo Gallina, Pastor and Celebrant. Committal services with military honors will be accorded in St. Bernard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Casey House of Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville MD 20850 or via Internet at www.montgomeryhospice.org.