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Sidney Center: John Latta, 87, of Sidney Center, passed away on
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta, NY. He was
the son of Anastasia Sastich Latta and Vasile Latta, of Johnson City
NY, and was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1, 1924.
John was married to Ernestine Von Bargen Latta on October 4, 1952.
Ernestine passed away on March 19, 1986.
John married Eileen L. Atkinson on November 6, 1988.
John is survived by his wife, Eileen; daughter, Nancy Latta Donnelly
and son-in-law, James Donnelly of West Palm Beach, FL; son, Peter
Latta and daughter-in-law, Doris Latta of Claymont, DE; son, John B.
Latta and daughter-in-law, Melissa King of Sidney, NY; and daughter,
Christine Latta Sproull and son-in-law, Steven Sproull of Carmel, IN.
John's 10 surviving grandchildren are Jacquline McManus (and husband
Chris), Jennifer Bush (and husband Dennis), Kristian Latta, Kelsey
Latta, Ryan Latta, Alexander Latta, Alexander King, Nathan Sproull and
His great-grandchildren are Erica Bush, Jonathan Bush, Samantha Bush,
Shaun McManus and Kyle McManus. John served in the U.S. Army during
World War II in the European Theatre and in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a Staff Sergeant in Patton's 3rd Army Company C 345 in the 87th
Infantry Division. He received his Combat Infantry-men's Badge and a
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the
VFW Post in Sidney, NY.
He was a member of the St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Binghamton, NY
where he enjoyed making piorhi during the Lenten season. He was also a
member of the Masonic Temple in Unadilla, NY.
John served the community as a Scoutmaster of Troop 63 in Sidney
Center, NY in the 1960s. He was a member of the Sidney Center Cemetery
Committee and served on the Sidney School Board. For many years he
maintained low income housing for people less fortunate than he.
The visitation will be Sunday, October 30th, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at
C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main Street, Sidney, NY. A funeral
service will be held on Monday, October 31st, at 10:00 a.m. at St.
Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 292 Clinton Street in Binghamton, NY.
Memorial contributions in John's name may be made to St. Michael's
Greek Catholic Church, 292 Clinton Street, Binghamton, NY. Condolences
may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com. Arrangements
under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St.,
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on October 28, 2011