CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Louis P. Pantaleo, of Chappaqua, died Dec. 18 at Northern Westchester Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.
He was born Jun. 8, 1922 in Coxsackie, N.Y. to the late Gabriel and Santa Pantaleo. After high school, he graduated from Colgate University in 1942 and three weeks later enlisted in the US Marine Corps.
Following boot camp, he was assigned to the newly-formed Marine Raider Battalion and soon after selected for Officer Candidate School. Pantaleo was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 1943 as an Infantry Platoon Leader.
During his two and half years in the South Pacific, Pantaleo served in the Second and Fourth Marine Divisions and was awarded three Presidential Unit citations for the Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa campaigns. He was also awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the war.
Pantaleo was discharged in April of 1946 and joined the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation as a Yellow Pages sales representative in Albany, N.Y. six months later. For the next 22 years, he progressed to general sales manager of Upstate New York.
In September of 1968, he transferred to New York City as General Manager of Sales for the New York region. He later held various positions, including vice president and general manager of National Yellow Pages, as well as vice president and senior vice president.
From 1985 until his retirement in 1987, Pantaleo served as senior vice president of Donnelley Information Published in Orange County, Calif. He was considered by his colleagues a champion of human relations.
Pantaleo was a member of the Mt. Kisco Country club, where he not only indulged his love of golf, but made many lasting friendships.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine Hubbard Pantaleo, his daughters Tari Pantaleo and her husband Douglas Miller of Plainsboro, N.J. and Lori Pantaleo of Princeton, N.J., his son Michael Pantaleo of West Hills, Calif., his sister Louise of Ossining and three grandchildren.
Pantaleo bequeathed his body to New York Medical College in Valhalla and in accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled Veterans of America, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnatti, OH 45250.
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