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THE CASALINOS Louis Casalino, Jr., age 86, reunited with his wife of over 57 years, Charlene Marie Casalino,
after he died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. At the age of 77, Charlene lost her 2 year battle with cancer at home on May 17, 2010, with Lou at her side. Lou was born on Nov. 25, 1926, in Los Angeles, CA, the son of Louis and Jennie (nee Blanco) Casalino. Charlene was born on December 14, 1932, in Los Angeles, the only child of Duke and Sophie (nee Barkus) Brown. Lou and Charlene were united in marriage on September 19, 1953, in Los Angeles, CA. Lou worked first as a telecommunications executive, retiring from AT&T in 1976. He met Charlene at the office, asking her out by teletype machine. After their marriage, Charlene became a homemaker and attended Centenary College to study interior design. The Casalino family moved to Vero Beach in 1980 and Lou began his second career as a builder, with many significant residential and commercial projects to his name. He was also a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, a volunteer firefighter and former President of the Indian River County Taxpayers Association. Charlene became an ASID Interior Designer, successful business owner and instructor at Indian River Community College, and was active in many animal welfare groups. Lou and Charlene shared a love for the outdoors, their dogs, sports cars and world travel, and were particularly fond of tropical island paradises such as the Abacos and Hawaii. They will be sadly missed by their sons and daughters-in- law: Marc and Amanda Casalino of Ft. Pierce and Gregg and Kristin Casalino of Vero Beach, along with their grandson Andrew Casalino and other relatives and friends. Lou is further survived by his brother Joseph Casalino of Eureka, CA and sister Gloria Weidner of Port St. Lucie. As was Lou and Charlene's wish, memorial services will be private. For further information, please call at 772- 633-0012 or go to http://www.lowtherfuneralhome.com to leave the family an online tribute message. Memorial tributes may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice.
Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 29, 2013