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Arthur J. Astorino
February 17, 1925 ~ October 12, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Arthur J. Astorino, born on February 17, 1925 to Frank and Rose (Palazzo) was a lifelong Lorain resident. He passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on October 12, 2023.
Arthur spent his youth on East 36thStreet in South Lorain where he formed lifelong friendships. He graduated from Lorain High School in January 1943 and served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Arthur married his beloved wife of 69 years, Rosaline, who passed away in 2020, in May of 1951.He was employed by Freuhauf Trailer Company, Lorain Music Company and retired from the City of Lorain.
Arthur was a lifetime member of the Italian American Veterans Post #1 where he proudly served as Commander and in other leadership roles, and participated in spaghetti dinners. He was also a member of the VFW Post #451, St. Peter’s Parish, St. Peter’s Seniors, Golden Age Pensioners and the IAB Club of Sandusky where he played bocce ball. An important part of Arthur's week was Sunday pasta and meatball dinners prepared by his wife and served after church. He will be fondly remembered for saying, “It's not Sunday without sauce on your white shirt” and “Mangia!”
Music was an integral part of Arthur's life. He learned to play the accordion at a young age and participated in a family band. His accordion, piano and organ playing were anticipated accompaniments to many occasions with family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling, building puzzles and being a handyman.
Arthur is survived by his five children, Maria (James) Dayka, Frank (Kaye Lynn) Astorino, Linda Nicholoff, Gloria (John) Canty, and Rita (David) Owens; grandchildren, Kristin (Kevin) Hospodar, Matthew Dayka, Elizabeth Astorino, Andrew (Meredith) Nicholoff, Steven (Kristen) Nicholoff, Paula (Branden) Hodges, Keegan (Shannen Laur) Canty, Grant Canty, Patrick (Katie) Owens, and Calise (Jeremy Fitzgerald) Owens; and seven great grandchildren, Alice, Mary, Edward and Daniel Hospodar, Audrey Nicholoff and Benjamin and Lily Nicholoff; and many cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and special caregiver Leslie Buga. He was predeceased by grandsons Brian Arthur Canty and John Colin Canty, son-in-law Paul Nicholoff and six siblings. Arthur served as a father-figure to many.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at the Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 followed by burial at Cavalry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial donations designated in Arthur's name be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church of Lorain, Ohio; the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio; or Cypress Hospice of Berea, Ohio. Funeral services by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.rsgfuneralhome.com.