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John “Jake” Casale Sr., 98, of Cresson, passed away peacefully Friday, April 7, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Portage, the son of Carmelo and Giuseppina “Josephine” (Muschella) Casale. He was preceded to death by his parents; his wife of 48 years, Emma (Pengtella) Casale; his grandson, Francis Paul Casale; Brothers: Dr. Lawrence (Nellie), Sam (Shirley), and Paul; and her daughter, Rachel Sheehan.

Jake is survived by his brother, Jim Cresson. sons John and Terry (Eckenrode) of Loreto, and Carmen and Sharon (Wright) of Cresson; daughter of Jacqueline and Skip Muirschbacher of State College; Seven grandchildren: Josh and Jaime (Brits), Jonah and Colleen Casale, and Miranda Sheehan (Dan McConnell), all from Cresson, Kara Casale (Randy Harris) from Hollidaysburg, Evan Morschbacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Drew Morschbacher from State College. ; Six great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews. Cousins; and two lovable pets, Kitty and Champ.

Jake was a World War II veteran who, in 1943, was assigned to the 1346th Army Air Force Base Unit in Texagon Airspace, India as an aircraft engine mechanic. While there, he attained the rank of corporal and was awarded several medals. Once demobilized in 1948, Jake went on to serve his country in the reserves. In 1952 Jake began his 45-year career as co-owner of Cresson Auto Repair until the business passed to his son. In retirement, Jake continued his late garage visits a few days before his death. You will miss his wit and wisdom with customers and employees. Jake had a lifelong love of fishing, which began as a young boy at his favorite spot, Wilmore Dam. Enjoy the family tradition of seasonal hunting at this former family Christmas tree farm in Portage Township. He was a thorough gardener, taking special care of his tomatoes; A fan of the Pittsburgh sports and Penn State football teams; But, more than anything, Jake especially cherished time with his children and grandchildren and rarely missed an opportunity to attend their activities.

A special service was held on Tuesday 11th April 2023, presided over by Father Burns, at the Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage. Burial took place at St Bartholomew’s Cemetery, Wilmore, where the Portage Ritual team are honored. For Jake’s friends, his life can be celebrated with an Italian red wine toast to the good life. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice and the VA Gold Team staff for their compassionate care. Condolences can be offered online at