John Moffette

John F. Moffette, 93, of Longmeadow passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, December 20, 2014 at the Jewish Nursing Home. John, a son of the late James E. and Catherine A. (Ryan) Moffette was born in Waltham, MA on December 5, 1921. Raised in Waltham he graduated from Waltham High School and Western New England College. John was employed as an engineer at CF&I Steel in Palmer and then at Wire Rope of America in St. Joseph Missouri. He resided in St. Joseph, Missouri for 18 years, in Springfield and East Longmeadow, in Longmeadow for the past 24 years and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Longmeadow. John served his country during WWII with the Army Air Corp, 789 Bombardment Squadron and the 467 Bombardment Group, as 1st pilot in a B-24 Liberator and flew 35 combat missions in Northern France and the Rhineland. He attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and received the Air Medal with a Silver Cluster, a second Air Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was also a member of the Caterpillar Club for having to make an emergency parachute jump. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by two brothers, James and Robert Moffette and two sisters, Carole Thomson and Katherine Moffette. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eileen (Dillon) Moffette; a daughter, Maryellen Ciocca and her husband Nick of Wilbraham; a granddaughter, Kara Ciocca-Cwiok and her husband Eric; a great granddaughter, Lillianna; along with many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours for John will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 4 to7 p.m. at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Sampson’s followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 509 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow. Rites of Committal and Interment with Military Honors will follow in Longmeadow Cemetery, William Street, Longmeadow. Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 519 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106.

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