Valentino "Biagio" Casasanta, 83, of Enfield, beloved husband of Loretta Ann (Olszewski) Casasanta, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
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He was born in Hartford on Feb. 3, 1930, the son of the late Vincenzo and Rachel (Petrella) Casasanta. Valentino was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War. A graduate of Bulkeley High School, class of 1942, he worked for 25 years for the Sheet Metal Workers Local 40 and 20 years at the Simsbury Post Office. Val was a member of the VFW Post 6123 in Windsor Locks. Val was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and crossword puzzles.
Besides his wife of 51 years, Valentino is also survived by his daughters Cynthia Mangini and her husband, Joel, of Enfield, Janice Cousino and her husband, Mark, of Wethersfield, and Gail Crusha and her husband, Robert, of South Windsor; his sister, Leonella Giansantialso of South Windsor; his loving grandchildren Beverly, William, Christopher, Sarah, Alexander, Lauren, Evan, and Matthew; and his adored great- grandchildren Vincent and Carrie. He was predeceased by his brothers Fiore, Alexandrio, Dominick, Victorio, Vincenzo, Americo, and Armando.
Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Family and friends may visit the funeral chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2013