Giovanni Battista Battagin
Giovanni (John) Battista Battagin, 99, passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara, California on Sunday, August 31, 2014. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 64 years, Angelina (Brombal) Battagin. He is survived by his daughter Rose Marie (Battagin) Herrett, son-in-law Robert H. Herrett also of Santa Barbara and grandson Sean T. Malis, his wife Julianna Robesky Malis, great grandchildren Olivia Malis, Teresa Malis, Anthony Malis, step great grandchildren Leah Makler and James Makler.
Mr. Battagin was born in San Zenone degli Ezzelini, a small village in the northern province of Treviso, Veneto, Italy on July 8th, 1915, to the late Luigi and Maria (Crespi) Battagin.
In 1935 he was inducted into the Italian Army as soldier of the Bersaglieri. After his obligatory service, married his wife Angelina Brobal.
In WWII, John’s wife returned to Santa Barbara, was recalled back into the Italian Army.
John reunited with his wife Angelina and his seven year old daughter Rose who he had yet to meet. John and Angelina rebuilt their lives in America with their daughter Rose and the help of the close knit Italian-American families of Santa Barbara. John worked as a carpenter in Santa Barbara, retiring in 1979.
John is predeceased in death by his two brothers Andrea Battagin of Toronto, Canada, Luigi Battagin of San Zenone, Italy, his four sisters Filomena Schiopetto Toulouse, France, Elisa Battagin, Erminia Colbertaldo and Paolina Rinaldo all of San Zenone, Italy.
A graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara at 11:00 AM. A celebration of life will follow at Beachside Restaurant, Goleta