GENEVA – Arsenio G. Sala, 78, of Geneva, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore surrounded by his wife and friends.
He was born May 24, 1934, in Pozzuoli, Italy, son of Amadeo and Laura Quaranta Sala.
Raised in Italy, Arsenio received his education at the Ecole superieure de commerce in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and the City of London College in London. His studies were in commerce and business management. He also held a degree in community development from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
He had a love for his country, the world and humanity, and thus began a long career, working from 1958-1976 for various international world agencies – first as Director for the International Rescue Committee in Rome, Italy, where he dealt with refugee issues; thereafter as Delegue of the League of Red Cross Societies for Algeria and Morocco; then as Community Development Advisor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the United Nations Development Program for the Congo (Zaire); and thereafter to the Dominican Republic, Coop Rep. of Guyana and Santo Domingo.
Ultimately, he settled with his family in Montreal, Canada, where he became Executive Director for the Montreal Council of Social Agencies, and thence Executive Director for NCIC (the National Congress for Italio Canadians).
Never one to sit still for long, he became a consultant in his various areas of expertise and finally entered the field of real estate and property management. These endeavors were greatly aided by his command of multiple languages; he was fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1999, he moved to Illinois, where he married Christa C. Thurman. In 2003, Arsenio and Christa then moved to Geneva. He became an active supporter and volunteer at the Garfield Farm Museum. Arsenio will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Emilio, and by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Christa Thurman Sala; son, Pascal Sala and his family; and daughter, Michelle Sala Golarz and her family. Both families reside in Canada.
A memorial celebration of Arsenio's life will be held Memorial Day weekend at Garfield Farm Museum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Garfield Farm Museum, P.O. Box 403, La Fox, IL 60147.
Arrangements were handled by Malone Funeral Home. For information, call 630-232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.