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Michael R. Amarante, Sr.


May 18, 2009


Michael Robert Amarante, Sr., 79, of Danville, Pennsylvania died Monday, May 18, 2009 having succumbed to cancer.  He was born September 23, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY the son of Italian immigrants, Rocco and Angela Maria (Sepe) Amarante. 

Mr. Amarante served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He was a highly decorated first-grade detective of the N.Y.P.D where he was exceptional in his field.  His intuitive and intelligent approach to solving criminal cases earned him significant citations and commendations with valor. 

After an illustrious 22 years, he moved with his family from Long Island to rural Liberty Township Pennsylvania in 1974.  Mr. Amarante took a position at Bucknell University in the Department of Public Safety and became Captain of the force.  He was known for his firm, charitable approach to enforcement and was fondly referred to as “Captain Mike” and “Mike the Cop” by administrators, faculty, staff and students.  Captain Mike retired in 1994. 

He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church Danville PA.  He was also a member of the New York City Policeman’s Benevolent Association and a retired member of the Detective's Endowment Association of New York City  He was an avid gardener and shared his produce generously.  He enjoyed living in the country, cooking and baking, playing cards, and giving his grandchildren rides on the tractor and wagon.  Mr. Amarante also enjoyed having big family meals.  Beyond the traditional “please” and “thank you”, the magic words at his table were always “Mangia, mangia, bella mia! 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Theresa Colette Liberda Amarante whom he married September 2, 1950.  He is also survived by three sons; Michael Amarante of Danville PA; Phillip and his wife Susan of Danville PA, Gregory and his wife Ellen of Danville PA and one daughter Colette Saufley and her husband John of Hummelstown PA.   

Also surviving are his eleven grandchildren; Jessica and Holly; Monica, Peter and Theresa; Rachael and Phillip; Joseph, Rachel, Joanna and Joshua.  He was preceded in death by his eldest sister Alessandra “Annie”, his brother, James, his sister Josie and three other siblings.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM from the Saint Joseph Church 18 E Center Street Danville PA with the Very Reverend William M. Weary officiating.  A committal service will be held Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM at the Mausoleum at All Saints Cemetery Elysburg PA with Military Rites.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

The Smile Train
28th Floor
41 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10010
http://www.smiletrain.org

OR

Columbia Montour Home Health Services / VNA
410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-784-1723 or 1-800-349-4702

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com


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