Lorain Anthony Cocco, 91, passed away on Friday March 25, 2011 surround by his beloved family following a brief illness.
Tony was born on January 21, 1920 in Windber, PA to the parents of Donato and Attilia (Ritelli) Cocco.
A lifelong resident of Lorain, he was a graduate of Lorain High School. He served honorably in the United States Army and was discharged as First Sergeant. He served in World War II and fought courageously in the invasion of Europe at Normandy on Omaha Beach and at the Battle of the Bulge.
Tony worked for 43 years at US Steel, retiring as general foreman. In his spare time he worked at Zigman/Henkes as an auto mechanic.
He was a dedicated member of St. Peters Church of Lorain where he was an active volunteer and a member of the Holy Name Society. In addition to being an usher, he served on many committees and helped on numerous fund raisers. He was also a life time member of Italian American Veterans Post #1, Amvets Post #47, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1079, and he also served with Knights of Columbus #637.
Tony is survived by wife of 65 years, Mary (DeLeonardis); sons, Dennis (Jeanne) Cocco and Ronald (Linda) Cocco; daughter, Christine (David) Esser; grandchildren, Jason (Kristen) Cocco, Jonathan (Amy) Cocco, Michael Esser (Christina Westmark), Mindi (Guy) Flynn, Christopher Cocco and Amy Esser; great grandchildren, Jack, Anna and Kate Cocco, Kadence and Aspen Esser; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by Olga and Wayne Hogrefe, Lena Raymond, Dominic and Aileen DeLeonardis, Achilles and Lois DeLeonardis and Ida Walters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George (Rose) Cocco, Thomas (Irene) Cocco and Michael (Kate) Cocco; sisters, Julie Cocco and Vera (Thomas) Hernon; sister-in-law, Clara (Louis) Dobos; and brother-in-laws, Wayne Raymond and Bud Walters.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 4:00 8:00 PM. A rosary service will be conducted Sunday at 6:00 PM by the St. Peters Holy Name Society and St. Francis of Assisi Mission Group. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 8:50 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM, Monday, March 28, 2011 at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053, Rev. Craig Hovanec, Pastor, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain where military honors will be conducted by the Italian American Veterans Post #1. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Church Capital Campaign or St. Peter School Endowment. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com
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