Dennis J Saienni  (1935 - 2012)


Dennis J. Saienni, Jr., 76, of Shannon Hill Road, Benton, died Sunday afternoon, March 18th, 2012 at his home. He had been ill for the past 2 1/2 years. 

Born July 22, 1935 in Luzerne, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late Dennis and Florence (Fox) Saienni. 

Prior to moving to Benton, Mr. Saienni lived in Enfield, CT. 

He proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy for 30 years. He served in Cuba and later in Vietnam. He was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba); the Combat Action Ribbon; the RVN Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation; the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; the Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star and the National Defense Service Medal. Following his retirement from the Navy, he drove bus and also had worked for the U. S. Post Office in Enfield, CT for several years. 

Mr. Saienni was a member of the Chicopee Lodge, F. and A. M. in Chicopee, Mass. for 40 years; a life member of the V. F. W. Post 9836 in Newington, Connecticut and a member of the Millville American Legion, Post #564. 

Surviving are his daughter, Julie Anne Saienni of Western New York; a granddaughter, Ashley Karcz; Also surviving are his brothers and sisters: Goven Saienni and his wife, Lynn, of Danville; Robert Saienni and his wife, Mary, of Stillwater; Anthony "Tony" Saienni of Colorado; Joe Saienni and his fiancee, Isabel Harris, of Bristol; Emma Riddell of Levittown; Edna Gublish, of Troup; Carmella Jones of Jacksonville, FL; Miriam Pone and her husband, John, of Delaware; Betty Armstrong and her husband, Roy, of Allentown along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Saienni and a sister, Rose Godfrey. 

Memorial Services will be held Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 2 PM at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (Rt. 487) with Pastor Scott L. Lyons, Associate Minister of Stillwater Christian Church, officiating. No viewing. In keeping with Dennis's wishes, he will be buried at sea under the direction of the U. S. Navy. 


Note: Cheif Saienni served aboard USS Waddell (DDG-24) '64-'68.