Charles Thomas Catanoso, Sr.
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AGE: 86 • Cape May, formerly of North Wildwood
Charles Thomas Catanoso, Sr., 86, of Cape May and formerly of North Wildwood, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 27, 1926 to the late Carmello Catanoso and Catherine (nee Foti). Charles attended Wildwood High School. He served in the US Navy in and around Wake Island in the South Pacific during World War II where his service earned him the Distinguished Service Medal and reflected great credit upon his ship, the USS Turindot, the US Navy and the United States of America. After his service in the Navy, Charles met and married his wife of 65 years, Louise (nee Delorenzo). Charles served twelve years in the New Jersey National Guard as a Master Sergeant. He joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1952 and had a distinguished career as a top salesman in the mid-Atlantic region for forty years until his retirement in 1992. After retiring, Charles ventured into the family's amusement business with the reopening of the world famous Steel Pier which his children currently own and operate. Charles served as past president of the St. Ann's parish council, past president of the Order of Sons of Italy - Sylvester Grande Lodge, Wildwood. He was a life member of the North Wildwood Vol. Fire Co. #1, a member of Metropolitan Life Insurance Veteran's Association, member of the New Jersey VFW Post #5941, and a member of the Wildwood Jaycees. Charles enjoyed sports, watching both professional sports and sports involving his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and wintering in Jupiter and Flagler Beach, Florida.
Charles was pre-deceased by his sisters, Elizabeth Lamanna and Bessie LaRosa; his brother, Peter and his son-in-law, Allen Pierce. He will be dearly missed by his loving family which includes his wife, Louise; daughters, Cathy Pierce (Bill Bezaire) and LouAnn Catanoso; sons, Chuck (Nina), Anthony (Chrissy), Billy (Tina), Joe (Sue); 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tony (Phyllis), Leonard (Connie), Joe (Millie); sisters, Leona Betz, Mary Nestor and sister-in-law, Carole Catanoso; numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (Jan. 30th) at 12 noon in St. John of God RC Church, 680 Town Bank Road, N. Cape May where there will be a viewing from 10AM until 11:30AM. Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cape May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Save Wildwood Catholic Inc. c/o Wildwood Catholic High School, 1500 Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 or the Bock Foundation, 2800 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154. (Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May) info and condolences: www.spilkerfuneralhome.com
Published in Courier-Post on Jan. 28, 2013