Fallen Naples soldier home; Friday funeral route announced

The casket containing the late U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, is seen transferred from plane to hearse on the tarmac Thursday March 21, 2013 at Naples Airport in Naples, Fla. Scialdo, was flown from Dover Air Force Base arriving around 10:30 a.m. where his casket was met by friends and family with a procession leading to Shikany's Funeral Home in Bonita Springs. Scialdo graduated from St John Neumann High School in 1999 and Edison Community College in 2002, then he enlisted in the Army.  He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief; he was on 2nd deployment when he and his crew were killed during a night time training mission near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The cause of crash is under investigation. Marc is survived by his wife, Kara Lee Scialdo. Hundreds lined U.S. 41 and other streets leading from Naples to Bonita Springs to view the procession.

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The casket containing the late U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, is seen transferred from plane to hearse on the tarmac Thursday March 21, 2013 at Naples Airport in Naples, Fla. Scialdo, was flown from Dover Air Force Base arriving around 10:30 a.m. where his casket was met by friends and family with a procession leading to Shikany's Funeral Home in Bonita Springs. Scialdo graduated from St John Neumann High School in 1999 and Edison Community College in 2002, then he enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, GA and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief; he was on 2nd deployment when he and his crew were killed during a night time training mission near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The cause of crash is under investigation. Marc is survived by his wife, Kara Lee Scialdo. Hundreds lined U.S. 41 and other streets leading from Naples to Bonita Springs to view the procession.

Fallen soldier Marc Scialdo arrives in Naples

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Marc Scialdo is home. A flag-draped wooden casket came off the plane and was carried by honor guard to the hearse.

A procession carried the body from the airport to a Bonita Springs funeral home.

POSTED EARLIER

The plane carrying the body of Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo landed at Naples Airport just before 10:20 a.m.

POSTED EARLIER

According to Collier Sheriff's Office today's route for Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo

(Approximate times.)

10 a.m. arrival at Naples Airport

Airport-Pulling Road north to Golden Gate Parkway

Golden Gate Parkway west to U.S. 41

U.S. 41 north to Bonita Springs funeral home.

POSTED EARLIER

Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo is coming home.

A plane carrying Scialdo’s body will arrive at 10 a.m. at the Naples Airport. Scialdo’s body will then be taken from the airport to Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs.

Several roads will be closed as the procession of the hearse and family cars travel from the airport to the funeral home.

Scialdo, 31, was one of five soldiers killed last week when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed during a training exercise in Kandahar City. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Funeral services for Scialdo are set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave. N. Burial will follow in Palm Royale Cemetery, 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Leo’s Parish Life Center, 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs.

Friday's funeral procession route

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will escort fallen Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo and his procession along the following route Friday:

The procession will leave Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, at 9:30 a.m. and travel south on U.S. 41 to Collier County. The procession will then turn right (west) onto 111th Avenue North and continue to St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N., for the 10 a.m. service.

The estimated ending time for the service is 11:30 a.m. At that time, the honor guard and the procession will travel east on 111th Avenue North, continuing on that road after it becomes Immokalee Road. From Immokalee Road, the procession will turn right (south) on Livingston Road, continuing on Livingston until it reaches Vanderbilt Beach Road. The procession will then turn left (east) onto Vanderbilt Beach Road and continue to Staff Sgt. Scialdo’s final resting place, Palm Royale Cemetery, 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples.

Affected intersections will be shut down briefly as the procession passes through.

Scialdo, 31, was one of five soldiers killed last week when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed during a training exercise in Kandahar City.

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