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Kinnelon Fallen Soldier Had 'Charismatic Personality'

Jonathan Batista to be remembered by family and friends at Monday morning funeral.

U.S. Army soldier Specialist Jonathan Batista had many friends whom he loved spending time with, according to an obituary posted in his honor on the M. John Scanlon Funeral Home Friday.

"Jonathan loved spending time with his many friends, who easily took to him and his charismatic personality," the obituary said.

Batista, a 22-year-old resident, was when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire. At the time, he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Batista was a member of the 2nd Batallian, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the Department of Defense.

Viewing hours will be held for Batista Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the (OLM) in Kinnelon after his relatives hold a one-hour viewing for close family members and friends only. Leading to the church, tri-boro residents in several municipalities Sunday at between 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. as the hearse carrying Batista's body passes by.

A funeral service will be held at OLM Monday at 10:30 a.m. with burial to follow.

Read Batista's full obituary here.

Lynne Capo July 15, 2012 at 07:44 PM
God bless you soldier - may the heavens welcome you and your many fallen brothers. we must all pray for peace to stop the fighting, and lose not 1 more precious young life to this madness. We need God's soldiers here at home.

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