Elmer Paul Rolla, a beloved and faithful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Marine died on May 1 after valiantly fighting a year-long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and prayer as he peacefully entered into eternal rest. Born July 12, 1935 in Dunmore, PA to Frank and Anna Rolla, Elmer served three years in the Marines that would shape the rest of his life. He embraced and maintained military discipline, waking early, working hard, and always lending a hand to anyone in need. Generous, meticulous, and a friend to everyone he met, he exemplified “Semper Fi”.
After his service in the Marines, Navy, and Merchant Marines, he labored in a variety of jobs, often working two jobs at once to support his family. Along the way he acquired many practical skills that he would use to help others. He retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot and the Scranton School District.
He and his late wife of 62 years, Veronica, leave a strong legacy of family and faith: son, Gary, his wife, Sandy and their daughters, Kimberly, Amanda, and Emma; son John, his wife Donna, and their children, Casey Bossotti, Shelby, Kiersten Waymire, Jackson, and Matthew; son, Daniel, his wife Susan, and their children Megan, Emily Allen, Bridget Richards, and Sarah; daughter, Bonnie, her husband Tim, and their children Caitlin Briscoe, Timothy, Shane, Claire, and Michael; and eight precious great-grandchildren who filled him with great joy and pride. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly, granddaughter Ashley Nicole, and 10 siblings. Elmer is survived by his brother, Frank Rolla, retired Air Force.
A member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, he was a long-time adorer at the Sacred Heart Perpetual Adoration Chapel, participant in parish Bible studies, and member of the Over the Hill Gang. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 2848 Herr St., Harrisburg, Pa 17103.
A private viewing for immediate family will be held at Dailey Funeral home on Monday, May 4, followed by burial at Fort Indiantown Gap.
The Dailey Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Rolla Family. 650 S. 28th Street Harrisburg, PA. 17103.