Nov. 16, 2009 Charlottesville Albemarle County Virginia, USA
Air Force Colonel Peter Barretta Jr., 89, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died Monday, November 16, 2009, after an extended illness.
He was born on February 28, 1920, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the oldest son of the late Rosalia and Pietro Barretta.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna G. Barretta of Charlottesville; and three sisters, Elizabeth Sturm of Huntington, West Virginia, Marilyn Barisano of Nahant, Massachusetts, and Cira Barretta of Arlington, Virginia.
He is survived by his four children, Dr. Rosalie G. Barretta, Elizabeth M. Barretta-Davis, Peter A. Barretta III, and Patricia F. Steele, two grandchildren, two sisters, Rosalie Fera, and Anne Ambrose, four brothers, Sam, Joe, Ben, and Anthony, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves many friends and staff at Our Lady of Peace who mourn his passing.
Colonel Barretta was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, the Dominican Republic revolt and the Vietnam War, serving over 28 years in the Air Force until his retirement in 1970. He began his military career after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Leaving Allegheny College he joined up as a flying cadet.
Colonel Barretta was proud of his military service to his country and was awarded numerous medals and commendations including the Bronze Star.
Always eager to further his education, he earned his Master's of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from George Washington University and taught American History at a local high school in Northern Virginia. He was working on his PhD when illness prevented him from completing his dissertation.
After living in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria for over 40 years, he and his wife Edna moved to Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community in Charlottesville in 2003.
Two viewings were held at Demaine Funeral Home at 520 South Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia, November 24, 2009, and November 25, 2009.
A memorial mass was held November 25, 2009, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on 8710 Mount Vernon Highway in Alexandria, Virginia.
Final memorial services were scheduled later at Fort Meyer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, February 4, 2010, with a military funeral to follow.
The family requests expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to the Air Force Memorial Foundation, the Disabled American Veterans or a Veterans organization of your choice.