Peter "Pete" DeCenzo

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  • Name: Peter "Pete" DeCenzo
  • Location of Birth: Gagliano Aterno, Italy
  • Date of Birth: December 10, 1888
  • Date of Death: June 10, 1950 (61 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: ENGR (Engineer)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: February 18, 1918
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  • Date of Discharge: August 8, 1919
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  • Military Highlights:
    Peter DeCenzo and Vincent DeCenzo, both entered the service in World War I on February 18, 1918, at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Peter was discharged August 8, 1919. He was rated as an engineer in the Army.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Pete came to the United States with an uncle and his brother, Vincent.

    Pete was employed by the Oliver Iron Mining Company before entering service and upon his return resumed his job. For the past 20 years he has been a janitor at the Greenway School.

    Pete was a lover of flowers and gardens and just a few years ago built a greenhouse at his home in Bovey, Minnesota where he spent many happy hours.

    In 1921, he was married to Miss Eliza Vocce at New York City, New York.

    Pete was a charter member of the Moose, VFW, and the American Legion.

    Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn him, one daughter, Mary (Mrs. Ralph Conlee); two sons, Alfred and Eugene; one grandson, Garry Conlee; a sister in Italy and another sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. John Colangelo), and a nephew in the Belgium Congo.

    Pete died at his home in Bovey, Minnesota. He had just returned from the Veterans Hospital at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was a patient for three weeks, and had been ill a week before going to the Veterans Hospital.

    Pete is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. No photo of grave marker is available at this time.

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