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Toni Durantine, 92, Ossining Native, NASA Employee

OSSINING, N.Y. – Toni Raymond Durantine, an Ossining native, died June 4 at his home in Greenbelt, Md. He was 92.

Born Aug. 16, 1919, in Ossining, he was the son of Italian immigrants, Michele Durantino and Francesca Calandra. As a boy, he delivered newspapers on a route that took him along the outer walls of Sing Sing Prison. Durantine was also a Sea Scout and caddy at local golf courses.

During the Depression, he moved to Idaho to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps as an ax man. Durantine enlisted in the U.S. Army just before World War II and served in the South Pacific as a navigator aboard a B-24 bomber, flying 56 combat missions.

After the war, Durantine graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in social sciences. He was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, serving in Alaska as a captain during the Korean War.

Durantine was a resident of Greenbelt for more than 50 years, where he attended St. Hugh's Catholic Church. He worked for the federal government for most of his career, retiring as an administrator at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

He is survived by three sons, Anthony Durantine, of Greenbelt, Peter Durantine, of Hummelstown, Pa., and Matthew Durantine, of Wheaton, Md.; a daughter, Nicolette Butler, of Corning, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday at Gasch's Funeral Home in Hyattsville, Md. A Mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, Pa. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

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