James Anthony Pearo

March 16, 1922January 18, 2017
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James Anthony Pearo, 94 years old, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, James served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima from his ship, The USS Tolland. Upon returning from the war, James resumed his career with the U.S. Government at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He married Nina Rosena (Rose) Rossi, on October 25, 1947. In 1952, the U.S. Government transferred James from Minneapolis to Washington, DC. The family resided in Adelphi, Maryland from 1952 to 1965 and in Beltsville (Calverton), Maryland from 1965 to 1984. Throughout these years, James shared his love of sports serving as a youth basketball, baseball, and bowling coach. James was a Minor League Scout for the Houston Astros. James was a distinguished Third Degree Honorary Life member of the Knights of Columbus, Prince Georges Council 2809. After retirement in 1984, James and Rose moved to Melbourne, Florida. His friends and family will remember him for his compassion, dedication to home and family, and the inspiration that always encouraged others to appreciate life's blessings and succeed based upon their interests and talents. His kindness, wit, and candor are imprinted in our hearts.

James is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Nina Rosena (Rose) Rossi of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two sons, James Jr., and Louis Roy; one daughter, Anne; two granddaughters, Jacquelyn Pearo Allen (Kevin) and Nicole Pearo Taylor (David); their mother Elizabeth; and two great granddaughters Alexa (Jacquelyn & Kevin) and Isabelle (Nicole & David). Preceded in death by his beloved son, John.

Family will receive loved ones and friends at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland for a prayer service and final internment February 24, 2017.


  • Commital Service Friday, February 24, 2017


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Katie Bornman

May 28, 2017

To someone who made me feel so welcome and open to allow me to join your family unofficially. I enjoyed our talks and your canny wit. In the past years, I have grown to love and respect you as if you were my own father. Thank you for being the wonderful and caring person. May God Bless and Keep You in the Palm of His Hands for Eternity. And when we meet again, I will be sure to bring some chocolates. . Katie

Jan Baker

March 18, 2017

Rose, Louis, Jim Jr., and Anne ... Though I did not know Jim well, Louis is one of the most special people I have ever known which is a true testament to his parents and family. Louis and I met at AT&T and worked together for many years. But far more important than our working relationship, Louis is a sincere, genuine, and forever giving soul and friend. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you know that your family has touched so many of us and will always challenge us to be better and more grateful people.

February 13, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to you all. So glad I got to see the pictures of your family. Wonderful memories to cherish. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Dom & Elaine Pirritano

Lawrence Heelen

January 28, 2017

Growing up, knowing my best friend Louis over 50 years, I am grateful and blessed to have known his father James. Mr. Pearo was not just a "hello" or "good-bye" when I would visit Louis.. He had questions, thoughts and in-sight. He was my bowling "coach" for many years during my "teens" and he was gentle with me starting a new sport. I remember his talks if I was sitting with him in the front seat of their Ford or Mercury on the way to bowl in a league tournament. He gave me a bowling ball to keep. I would see him at church or the grocery store, the new garage he built.. He was interested in everything and everyone. I grew up knowing him as a kind man who loved his family more than himself. I feel he has joined his son John, knowing his family will adjust, heal, and continue to love.
James Pearo has bowled a perfect game and we will miss him greatly.

Chris Dionne

January 25, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your father. May your warm and wonderful memories along with your faith and family bring you comfort during this time of grief.

January 23, 2017

Mrs.Pearo, Jim, Louis and Ann keeping you guys in our prayers. May God give you the strength to weather the storm. Keep the beautiful memories of Mr. Pearo in your hearts.

Bonnie & Dannika Simpson (Houston, Texas)

Robert Chesla

January 23, 2017

On behalf of Robert Chesla and his daughters, Cathy Chesla and Creig Smith, we send our deepest sympathies to Rose, James Jr., Louis and Anne. My father has always kept warm and wonderful thoughts of Jim during the Minnesota days together.

Gerrie Bevins

January 21, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I still miss seeing Jim sitting outside and I know he loved to look at the stars at night.

Dale and Bonita Wojtowicz

January 21, 2017

We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing, I know Dale has great memories of him and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sounds like he has had a wonderful life and I know a great family. Prayers and hugs sent.
Love to all

Marianne Webb

January 20, 2017

I know that Louis, Anne, Jim, and Rose already miss him. You are such a wonderful family and I have always enjoyed spending time with all of you. I will certainly miss my beloved uncle and Godfather. What a remarkable life! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.