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Services Tuesday for former Newport Mayor Johnny Peluso

Johnny Peluso in 1983. Source: Kenton County Library Johnny Peluso in 1983. Source: Kenton County Library

Services will be Tuesday for former Newport Mayor Johnny Peluso after he died over the weekend.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to noon at Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, 835 York St., Newport.

A 12:30 p.m. mass will follow at Holy Spirit Church, 825 Washington Ave.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Peluso requested that donations be made to his daughter's scholarship fund at the Newport School System. Contributions can be sent to the "Antoinette Peluso Kunkel Scholarship Fund" c/o Newport Independent Schools, 30 W. 8th St., Newport, KY 41071.

The 92-year-old who died Friday served as a commissioner for 10 years and served as mayor in 1964-67 and again 1976-79, according to city officials. He also was one of the oldest known surviving prisoners of war living in Newport.

He was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and was the second youngest of the 19 children from Giovanni and Antoinette Peluso. The family moved to came to Newport when he was 3-years-old.

Mr. Peluso enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, achieved the rank of Private First Class, fought in three major battles of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. 

He was part of the first wave of soldiers on Normandy Beach and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a prisoner of war for over 11 months in Lichtenburg, Germany, and was being moved to Dachau, Germany, when American allies rescued him.

He returned to the U.S. and his wife, Margaret Holloran Peluso, to whom he was married for 68 years. He worked as a depot master for the rail road, owned two restaurants and was a television technician.

Mr. Peluso was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter, Antoinette Peluso Kunkel. He is survived by sons John and Frank Peluso; five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. 

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