Dunmorean of the Month: Robert Tuffy

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore’s Robert Tuffy, 87, is a proud U.S. Marine veteran.

Tuffy is equally proud of his fellow veterans who served this country over the years.

And he’s more than doing his part to keep alive the memories of deceased veterans.

The retired U.S. Marine served this country for many years. In the past dozen or so years he has tried to keep the memories alive of his fellow veterans by restoring the headstones and placing flowers and flags at the graves of deceased military men at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dunmore.

He is active as a volunteer, helping out on Memorial Day at the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Despite his advanced age, Tuffy is very active and remains dedicated to restoring graves of deceased veterans in Dunmore.

Tuffy, humble in nature, is a 1953 graduate of Dunmore High School. He and his wife, the former Angela Maruzzeti, have been married for 64 years.

The couple has two daughters, Diane and Donna, and a son, Robert. Another son, Donald, died at 18-months old.

The couple has three grandchildren, Corey, Michael, and Katie.

Tuffy retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot where he was an equipment operator.

He served in Korea for the United States Marine Corps from 1954 through 1957.

Tufty served as Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Director from 1962 through 1972.

During this time, Tuffy performed outreach work in local Veterans homes.

“I hired some people during this time who had the right heart. And they are keeping it going and doing their best to this day,” Tuffy says.

During his time as Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Director, the amount of money raised for Veterans programs went from $28,000 to over $2-million annually, he said.

“I am proud of that and of the work done by those we hired.”

And Tuffy Is so proud of his time spent as a U.S. Marine.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said. “I was proud to serve my country.”

Tuffy said he started restoring graves after noticing all of the old and shattered headstones while visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dunmore on one particular Memorial Day several years back.

“I had to get involved right away,” he said. “I wanted to make sure all of the headstones of the veterans of war were restored. They deserved that. I started repairing the headstones one by one. It took me about three years.”

Tuffy restored about 100 graves and stones and even paid for the costs. And, at an advanced age, he did the work.

“A lot of third generation family members were very thankful,” he said. “I did this for the veterans. It is something that needed to be done. They served our country. I just had to get involved.

“These are the unknown soldiers. Most of their families are already deceased. Someone had to do this for them.”

And after replacing or restoring almost 100 headstones, Tuffy remains very active at 87.

“I work out in the yard and in my house,” he said. “I have a lot to do. I keep active and keep moving. And I continue to visit Mount Carmel Cemetery and do what I can do to help with the veterans graves. We need to show great respect to our deceased veterans. Replacing or restoring their stones and maintaining a nice grave site for them is one way of doing it.”

Dunmorean of the Month: Brian Loughney

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore’s Brian Loughney had a mission, and he accomplished it big time.

Son of John and Frannie Loughney, Dunmore, Brian’s dad was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018. Since then he has gone through treatments and is doing well.

However, Brian, 37, wanted to do something to help not only his dad, but others afflicted with leukemia.

In November of 2021, Brian, who is married for two years to the former Holly Zeshonski, was nominated to start a campaign for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The fund-raiser campaign lasted 10 weeks. There were five other candidates nominated.

Loughney, a 2003 Dunmore graduate, raised $109,181 of the total $191,780 raised.

“We raised funds from mid-May to mid-March, All six candidates raised funds.”

And for this accomplishment, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

He was honored at a gala at the Hilton in Scranton this past May 19.

Shown at the Man of the Year Gala are, from left: Pamela Formica, Jana Boyer, Brian Loughney, and Valerie Case

Loughney said the money was raised with a group of team members that included family and friends.

“Our team did a fantastic job,” he said. “It was a grassroots campaign through letters, phone calls, texts, social media, and word of mouth.

“I really wanted to get involved.

“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have team members who were as engaged as I was in this effort, with my father and two fellow Dunmoreans in mind.”

Loughney said the fund-raising efforts were also done in honor of Jack Callahan, 4. son of Molly and Dan Callahan, Dunmore, and in memory of the late Kelcey Hallinan, late daughter of Alicia and Tom Hallinan, who passed away a few years ago at 18.

“They were the driving force,” he said.

“We focused on this campaign with my dad, Jack, and Kelcey primarily in mind, but others afflicted with leukemia as well.

“This was truly a team effort by family members and friends who were fully onboard with this campaign.”

Team Loughney team members are: Brian Loughneyk, Holly Loughney, Fran Loughney, Matthew Loughney, Katie Loughney, Katie Horan, PJ Horan, Rebecca Loughney, Patrick Ehnot, Tom Sohns, Patrick McLane, Jack Corcoran, Nibs Loughney, Donna Loughney and Kathy Hughes.

Holly Loughney, John Loughney, and Brian Loughney are shown in a family photo.

Brian also offers a special thank you to the AllOne Foundation for the grant opportunity,

The humble and well-spoken Loughney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Scranton where he received a bachelor of science degree in political science.. He received an master of science degree in human resources administration in 2009 from the University of Scranton.

He has been human resources manager at the University of Scranton for the past five years.

Loughney played four years of baseball, basketball and soccer while a student at Dunmore High School.

He is the nephew of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.

Dunmorean of the Month: Delvi Olivetti

By Steve Svetovich

Delvi Olivetti started Dunmore Roofing 70 years ago.

And 70 years later, at 97, he is still involved in the business located at 158 Tigue St., Dunmore.

If not for a recent illness, Olivetti would still be making his daily stop to Dunmore Roofing and Supply. He was still working through the end of last year.

With the help of his late brothers Leo and Armand, Olivetti started Dunmore Roofing in 1952.

For many years, Olivetti was the owner and operator of Dunmore Roofing. His son Delvi Olivetti, Jr., took over as president several years ago. . Recently the ownership was transitioned to David Olivetti, Jr., a grandson. However, the senior Olivetti at 97 kept his hands in the business by working in the office every day.

Olivetti also was the owner and operator of Keystone Container, Service, Inc., 5 Keystone Industrial Park Road, Dunmore, since 1976. The business is still family owned.

And Olivetti is about as humble a man as you will find.

A kind-hearted gentleman, he retains a highly sharp mind and memory.

The 1944 Dunmore graduate is also a war hero. He was shot in the right shoulder by a sniper in France in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II in September of 1944. For this, he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star among other military honors.

He was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorius Unit Commendation Medal, the European/African Campaign Medal, the Workd War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Honorable Service Badge and the Marksman/Rifle Badge.

A decorated war hero, Olivetti is shown in his US Army Enlistment photo.

The World War II army veteran remembered. “I was shot in the right shoulder and fell right to the ground,” he said. “I could hear the sniper still shooting at me. I could hear the bullets flying right over my head. I layed there on the ground until daylight. Then a medic found me and carried me off.

“They sent me to a hospital in France. Then they moved me to the 188th General Hospital in England. I was there for a few months. Then I was sent back to hospitals in the United States in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia and Gettysburg. I was in a hospital for a time in Atlantic City, New Jersey too.

“After getting out of the hospital, the army sent me to Fort Meade, Maryland, where I worked as a prison guard until discharge in April 1946.

Olivetti then came back to his Dunmore home on 400 Boyle Street. He continues to live in the same home to this day.

Olivetti had entered the service March 7, 1944 in U.S. Army Company C – 2nd Infantry Regiment in Fort Meade, Maryland. He was deployed in the Northern France Campaign Aug. 23, 1944.

After his return home, he delivered coal and worked in the roofing industry from 1946 through 1952 before starting Dunmore Roofing at 408 Boyle Street right next to his home. The business in later years moved to its current location.

He married the former Rose Domenick in 1951. The couple had three children: Arlene Golden, 69, Delvi, Jr., 66, and David, 59.

His wife passed away in 2014. The couple had been married 63 years.

Olivetti is very proud not only of his two sons and daughter, but of his nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Delvi played baseball at Franklin Elementary School in Dunmore and enjoys watching football, college basketball and the NBA and Major League Baseball, particularly the New York Yankees. He keeps up on current events and closely watches news regarding the War in Ukraine.

A kind-hearted gentleman, Olivetti is very much up on the happenings and politics in the Dunmore Borough and his businesses of Dunmore Roofing and Keystone Container. He is very much on top of local and national sports and news events.

With a mind as sharp as ever, Olivetti remains close to his roots and his family and friends.

Always very even-tempered, he has a love of Dunmore and the neighborhood he grew up in which is evident in the constant gleam in his eyes.

“I’ve lived in the same house my entire life,” he said. “I love sitting on the porch and talking to the neighbors. I have a great family who visit me and keep an eye on me all the time. And we keep Dunmore Roofing and Keystone Container going to serve the public.”