Michael A. Iatesta


Michael A. Iatesta Sr. passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at his home in Hatboro.
     He was born Dec. 8, 1920 to Phillip and Maria Iatesta on a New Hope farm in Bucks County. He often spoke of his childhood years in the family's pre-­revolutionary farmhouse, and he enjoyed visiting his old haunts until the very last years of life. Being the youngest of seven children, and almost four years shy of 100 years of age, he had a multitude of stories about the struggles of running a small farm, and the antics and happy times spent with his siblings.
     Mike served a few years in Pennsylvania and New Mexico with the Civilian Conservation Corps before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941. He was a proud member of  the 2nd Armored Division under General George Patton, known as "Hell on Wheels", playing an important role in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and the liberation of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. He was awarded the Purple Heart on Sept. 8, 1944. 
     On March 16, 1946, Mike married Eleanor Iannelli in Brooklyn, N.Y. The young couple lived on Tulip Street in Philadelphia for a few years, where sons Kenneth and Michael were born. In 1952, they moved to Hatboro where Mike later joined the Police Department and retired as a sergeant in 1980.
     Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Lucy, Anna and Dorothy; and brothers, Joe, Phillip, and Jim.
     He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eleanor; sons, Kenneth (Jackie) and Michael (Nannette); five grandchildren, Amy Ruch, Adam Iatesta, Lydia Johnson, Brad Iatesta, and Evan Iatesta; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan and Cole Ruch and Micaiah, Jack and Alex Johnson.
     A time to receive friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Baskwill Funeral Home, 20 W. Montgomery Avenue (half block west of York Road), Hatboro, followed by the drive to Washington Crossing National Cemetery, where his committal service will be held at 11:30 a.m.
     Donations may be made to Gospel Hall Missions, 23 West Moreland Ave., Hatboro, PA 19040.
     To convey your farewell messages online, please visit the funeral home's web site listed below.
Baskwill Funeral Home,
Hatboro, Pa.


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Molly & Adolph

Hello Amy and Jackie,  so sorry to read about your dad/grampa's passing.  What a lovely obituary.  He sounds like a very interesting gentleman and I'm sure he had lots of stories worth listening to.  We know you will miss him very much,

 Posted October 31, 2016 - 1:20pm
Joe Camp Jr.

     I began working with Mike in 1973 as a police dispatcher.  Mike was not like the other officers.  Some were grizzled and tough and there to prove a point.  Others were younger and there for the adventure. I was in the latter group, but I was able to appreciate Mike for the honest and sincere friend he was.

     I stopped working with Mile on his last night on duty in 1980.  I wore my name tag upside down (I told Mike it was in mourning for his departure).  Mike didn't curse often; but if he did, he was really mad.  I remember his giggle. It was easy for some of us to get him laughing.  He would hold his lower belly and bellow like an opera singer.  If we worked day shift on Thanksgiving,  Mike would spend much of the time home on his portable police radio feasting on Ellie's Italian dinner, which happened in phases.  He wopuld return to the station from time to time and rub his "rounder" belly.  Sometimes, he'd bring tid bits from the meal for his buddies.  I am happy to report that I was one of them.

      Before I retired in 2010, I stopped occasionally to reconnect with him.  We'd sit in the living room or on his back porch and recall old times.  I was the young kid, and it was hard for him to hear me say that I was retiring.  "Ooooh, Joey, I can't believe you're gonna retire."  We tend to develop a love for those with whom we share the most.  I am proud to say that I loved Mike; I think he loved me too.  He loved life, too.  It was obvious to those who knew him best.  Goodbye old friend.


Joey Camp

 Posted October 30, 2016 - 9:50pm

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