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Peter Vernalis, 77, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away on Monday, July 8th at the Reading Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 18th, 1941 in Allentown to the late Peter A. and Mary “Logothetides” Vernalis.
Peter was a 1960 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School and then the Mcann’s School of Business. SFC Peter Vernalis was a veteran of the United States Army having served for 23 years in Co. C 6BN 68 Armor. He was the former owner of Vernalis Restaurant in Shenandoah, and was active in the business community serving as President of the Shenandoah Merchants Assn, a member of the Greater Shenandoah Area Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Miners Memorial, Past President of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Co. #1, a member of the former Shenandoah AMVETS, and he was honored as the 2018 Grand Marshall of the Shenandoah Heritage Day Parade of Nations.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Charlotte A. Vernalis, their 2 children, Lisa Vernalis and Michael Vernalis, both of Shenandoah, his sister, Dr. Marina Vernalis of Silver Spring, Md, and nieces and nephews.
Private Military Interment will take place on Tuesday, July 16th at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery - Annville, Pa
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Peter’s memory be made to: Downtown Shenandoah Inc. (DSI), 116 N. Main St, Shenandoah, Pa 17976