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   ELIDA — U.S. Army Capt. Dennis Pintor had planned to finish his military career as a professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.    While his life was cut short last week in Iraq, the Elida graduate will be buried at West Point on Monday.    “We are sure this is what he wanted,” said his aunt, Lillian Abelita, of Lima. “That is where he wanted to go when he came back. He was going to be a professor there.”    Family members will travel to West Point this coming weekend to attend the burial service. Pintor had been selected to attend West Point while already serving in the Army. He spent four months as company commander, one of the highest positions in the cadet chain of command. He graduated in 1998.    A local memorial service is planned for Oct. 29. The time and location have not been determined. Abelita said it will likely be at St. Gerard Catholic Church or the Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Pintor’s family attended St. Gerard Church.    Pintor’s parents, Alberto (Bert) and Ellen Pintor are former Elida residents. They retired in May to the Philippines, Alberto Pintor’s native country. Pintor’s wife, Stacy, and their 4-year-old daughter, Rhea, live in Killeen, Texas.    Pintor, who joined the Army after graduating from Elida High School in 1992, was killed Oct. 12 in a roadside bombing in Iraq. The company commander of Bravo Company, 20th Engineers, serving in Baghdad, Iraq, was one of three killed in the bombing.    Pintor had been in Iraq since March, and previously served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo. He had been trying to get people to send school supplies to the children in Iraq.    Pintor sent an e-mail to The Lima News the day before his death asking people to send supplies, and he had talked to his family by phone asking them the same.    His family is trying to fulfill his wishes by collecting supplies. Boxes have been set up at St. Gerard School and at all Lima and Elida school buildings for people to drop off supplies. The schools will continue to collect until the end of the month.    Pintor’s mother is a former Lima schools teacher and several family members currently teach in the district. Pintor had been corresponding with a class at Lowell Elementary School, where one of his cousins taught.    “We want to support his efforts and commitment to help the children in Iraq,” Lima schools superintendent Karel Oxley said, adding that Pintor had often visited Lima schools students. “We wanted to honor the kind of time he has given us.”    The family is also accepting cash donations to help with the shipment of the supplies. Donations can be sent to Abelita at 4101 Spencerville Road, Lima, OH 45805. For details, call 419-999-6002.    Abelita said she has already received about $100 in cash donations and that the collection of supplies is going well. She will begin shipping some of the collections in a few days.    “I am very impressed with the response, and I am very thankful,” she said. “A lot of people that I don’t even know are donating. We really are very appreciative of this.”    Elida Superintendent Don Diglia said each of the three school buildings has at least one box of supplies, and that the central office has a couple full boxes. He said some people have brought in book bags full of supplies.    “It has really been the people in the community bringing supplies in so far,” he said. “We are going to start pushing it with the students in our buildings this week.”    Elida schools has also established a memorial fund in Pintor’s name. Diglia said $310 has been donated so far. Checks should be made payable to the Dennis Pintor Memorial Fund and sent to Elida schools, 4380 Sunnydale St., Elida, OH 45807.


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