Alfred "Sonny" Cousino met his Lord and God on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 13, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio to Alfred and Cecelia Cousino. Al graduated from Central Catholic High in 1949, and attended classes at the University of Toledo. He served two and half years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. After returning home he married Elouise Jean Forquer on May 8, 1954, and was the proud father of five devoted children. Al worked 37 years at Dana Corporation's Spicer Plant in Toledo, Ohio and after retiring from Dana as the Plant's Senior Buyer he continued working as a self-employed manufacturer's representative until the age of 70.
Throughout his life, Al was an avid fisherman, hunter, sportsman and Euchre card player. For 20 years Al traveled to Saskatchewan in pursuit of duck, geese, and spruce grouse. He loved to play golf with family and friends, and continued to play golf and fish for many years as a snowbird in Florida. On family vacations, at Maumee Bay State Park and the Outer banks, he spent much of his time baiting hooks for his grandchildren and teaching them fishing's finer points. When not fishing, hunting, or golfing, he particularly enjoyed following the Detroit Tigers, and the Ohio State and Notre Dame football teams.
Al returned to the Far East, this time to Shanghai, China, 40 years after his military service for a more personal reason. He had contracted an uncommon type of leukemia in 1993, and treatments with both conventional and experimental therapies in Ohio lead to only temporary remissions. After he and his family learned of another experimental therapy available only in Shanghai, he and Elouise traveled there in 1996 for treatment. He was the first American treated with the experimental therapy which eventually cured him of the leukemia. (That medicine, now known as Trisenox, was subsequently tested and FDA-approved in the US.)
Al was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Joseph Church in Sylvania, Ohio; he was previously a member of St. Clement Parish in Toledo, Ohio. He belonged to American Legion Post 553 in Toledo and supported many charitable causes.
He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Elouise, and his children, Brenda (Dick) Willke, Matthew (Shirley) Cousino, Amy (Jim) McKeen, Beverly (John) Adkins, and Anne (Mike) White; 16 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter; sister-in-law, Judy Cousino and brother-in-law, Louis Scheid. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred J. and Cecelia Marie (Nusbaum) Cousino; sister, Connie (Cousino) Scheid and brother, Richard Cousino.
The family would like to thank the numerous healthcare providers that played an intricate role in Al's life over the past years. He was given the gift of life and in return we were given the precious gift of time with him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Leukemia Society and Catholic Charities.
Friends and family may visit at Reeb Funeral Home at 5712 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio, from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014. A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania, Ohio. Online condolences may be offered to the family at
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 N. Main Street Sylvania, OH 43560
Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 3, 2014