LORAIN - Arthur Steve DiFrancesco, 84, passed away on August 7, 2013.
He was born on October 16, 1928 in Lorain where he resided for most of his life. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1947. Arthur was employed as a pipefitter for US Steel for over 40 years. He also worked side jobs as a skilled plumber. In addition, he used his talents to help construct homes for Habitat for Humanity. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict as a communications operator for the United States Army.
During his retirement from US Steel, Arthur enjoyed spending time in his garden and shared his harvest with family, friends, and community. He was an active member of the Italian American Veterans Post 1, Sons of Italy, and the Abruzzi Club. Arthur was a member of St. Peter's Church in Lorain where he was involved in numerous activities. He was particularly noted for his work on the church shrine and pavilion. For two decades, he was involved in the planning and cooking of the spaghetti dinners which served as fundraisers for the church. He was also an altar server, usher, and member of the Holy Name Society for his parish. He was known as one of the "Minute Men" who would serve the church at a moment's notice.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Viola DiFrancesco (nee: DiPasquale) of Lorain; children, Diane (David) Karolak of Lorain, Steven (Lisa) DiFrancesco of Oswego, Illinois, and Debra (James) Miadock of Lorain; along with 7 grandchildren and two great granddaughters; brothers, Angelo Marino (Margaret) DiFrancesco, Paul (Terri) DiFrancesco, and Frank DiFrancesco, all of Lorain; sisters, Delores Tompkins of Elyria and Anita Hook of Ojai, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erminio and Rachel (nee Paoloemilio); and sister, Christina DelGrosso.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. Closing prayers will be at held at the funeral home on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:20 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter's Church, 3655 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain, Fr. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating. Christian burial services will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Aug. 9, 2013