Dominic A. Pennett, 96

Dominic A. Pennett, 96, a resident of Seneca Hill Manor, Oswego, N.Y., and formerly of Deferiet, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Born in Rossiter, Pa., in 1916, he was the son of the late Anthony Pennetti and Catharine Fera.

He was educated in Rossiter, graduating from Rossiter High School in 1932.

After a brief career in sales in New York City, he joined the United States Army in 1940.

During his career in the military, he served during World War II in Belgium.

He was also assigned to Frankfurt, Germany; Captieux, France; Fort Ord, California; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Seoul, Korea; and Camp Drum, N.Y.

He spoke proficient Bulgarian, French and German.

Mr. Pennett loved life in general and brought laughter to any situation.

He loved being a prankster. His generosity was well noted, as he loved giving things away…even if they weren’t his to give away.

He loved sports and belonging to the “Hole-in-one Club.”

Classical music was a favorite of his. His latest passion was gambling, and he so enjoyed any trip to any casino.

He enjoyed traveling and, during the last few years, he experienced road trips to Texas and back and California and back.

Family was extremely important to Mr. Pennett, and he so loved getting together with them.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mae (Irwin) Pennett.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Dr. Patricia (Jim) Sheahan of Pennsylvania and Mary (Milt) Slimmer of Oswego; a son, Lt. Col. Dennis (Barbara) Pennett of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

There will be no calling hours.

Donations will be accepted in Dominic’s name at Seneca Hill Manor, 20 Manor Dr., Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

Please note attention to the activities department.

Anyone interested in attending the service in Arlington should call 315-343-4404 for further details.

Arrangements are under the care of the Nelson Funeral Home, Oswego, N.Y.

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