Age 79. Died Apr. 26 in Tucson, AZ. Born Oct. 20, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY, son of Carlo and Mary (Imbelloni) Pantuso. Joined the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) in 1960. Stepped aside from priestly ministry in 1968 and married Joanne America. Both became committed Lay Salvatorians in 1973. Lived in Wauwatosa in the 80's and 90's. John was writer and editor for Wisconsin Right-to-Life and New York-based Catholic League. Joanne taught at St. Sebastian's School in Milwaukee. They moved to Tucson in 1996 and both worked at St. Rita in the Desert Parish in Vail. Joanne died in 2002. In 2004, John rejoined the Society and in 2008 was reinstated by Rome to active priestly ministry. Served in the Society's headquarters in Rome, at St. Pius X Parish in Wauwatosa, Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Milwaukee, and St. Andrew's Parish in Sparta, TN. Retired to Tucson in 2015 and helped at Most HolyTrinity Parish. Preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved wife Joanne. Survived by son Joe (Rebecca) and granddaughters Emily, Mei, and Aiko; son Bobby(Nicki) - both Lay Salvatorians - and grandsons Jake, Josh, Joey, and Jack; sister Geraldine Del Priore of Tolland, CT; and his brothers and sisters in the Salvatorian Family.
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Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 14, 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Church, 2506 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa. Visitation Tuesday at the Church from 10:00 AM until of Mass. Inurnment Tuesday, 3:00PM at Salvatorian Cemetery in St. Nazianz, WI. in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Adopt an Apostle campaign, AdoptAnApostle.org.