Angelo J. Grasso, 79, a resident of the Carverton Heights section of Kingston Township, passed away into eternal life Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2013, in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
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His loving wife is Nancy Klose Grasso. Angelo and Nancy were united in marriage on April 25, 1959, in St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre, and together have shared 53 wonderful years.
Born Feb. 5, 1933, in Forty Fort, Angelo was the son of the late Joseph M. Grasso and Constance DeVito Grasso.
Raised in Forty Fort, Angelo was a graduate of the former Forty Fort High School, where he served as class president during his sophomore year and was a four-year varsity wrestler.
Following high school, he went to further his education at Penn State University, where in 1955 he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in business psychology. While at Penn State, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Alpha Chapter, and served as the fraternity's treasurer.
After college, Angelo served two years in the U.S. Navy and six years in the Navy Reserves. During his time of service, he was stationed in Newport, R.I., and served aboard the destroyer USS Daly. Upon his honorable discharge in 1957, Angelo had attained the rank of second class petty officer yeoman.
Upon leaving the service, he entered the family business, United Pants Co. Inc., with factories in Swoyersville and Plymouth, where he held the positions of human resources director, production manager and president until the company's closing in 1986.
Angelo also taught courses in business management at Wilkes University and was later employed as general plant manager by State Manufacturing Co., New Philadelphia. Most recently, he was employed by Clearbrook Treatment Centers, where he served as director of materials.
A faithful Catholic, Angelo was a member of St. Francis X. Cabrini Church, Carverton Heights.
Angelo participated in many civic organizations, including the Hanover Township Lions Club, the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and the West Side Jaycees, where he served as past president. Angelo was also a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
An avid golfer and dedicated Penn State Nittany Lions fan, Angelo also enjoyed his family to the fullest.
In addition to his parents, Joseph and Constance Grasso, Angelo was preceded in death by his sister, Angelina Gaiteri; his nephew, Ross Gaiteri; and numerous cousins.
Angelo and Nancy were blessed by three loving daughters and their families, Susan Whorley and her husband, Dale, Virginia; Connie Doyle and her husband, Joseph, Mountain Top; and Molly Shane and her husband, Greg, Philadelphia; his grandchildren, Kendall Mitchem and her husband, Billy; Taylor Whorley, Conor Doyle, Thomas (T.J.) Doyle, Ryan Doyle and Levi Shane; and his great-grandson, Shawn Mitchem.
In addition to his immediate family, Angelo is survived by one sister, Louise Stozenski; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Francis X. Cabrini Church, 585 Mount Olivet Road, Carverton, with the Rev. Vincent Dang, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton.
Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass on Monday at St. Francis X. Cabrini Church.
Funeral arrangements for the Grasso family have been entrusted to the care of Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
For additional information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Angelo's memory to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Liver or Kidney Transplant Programs, 111 S. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2013