SHAMOKIN — Arthur C. "Honey" Schicatano, 87, of 105 S. Shamokin St., passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at home.
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Born Dec. 22, 1924, in Shamokin, he was a son of the late Samuel and Catherine (Pisani) Scicchitano.
Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps July 22, 1943, and was honorably discharged Oct. 29, 1945, as a private first class. In World War II, he survived the attack on the USS Franklin and was proud to be a Marine.
On Nov. 27, 1948, in St. Stanislaus Church, Shamokin, he married Veronica Dudeck, who survives.
He worked as an iron worker in construction for Local 404 for 25 years. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was instrumental in the rosary crusades and daily rosary.
Arthur coached basketball for St. Stan's Condors for 27 years. He was proud of all his players and not only taught them about basketball, but also about life principles. He was recently honored for his years of coaching at the St. Stan's school reunion where he received a commemorative basketball. After all these years, his former players still called him "Coach Art."
Traveling was a big part of Arthur's life, from Disney World to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park with his family.
"Honey" enjoyed playing fast pitch softball for local teams in the Shamokin and Sunbury leagues. He loved pitching, was known as a power hitter and won the Sunbury League batting title at age 52.
Christmas was Arthur's favorite holiday. He enjoyed the lights and music, and was always singing all year long. He loved watching Penn State football on Saturday afternoons and Steve Nash of the NBA's Phoenix Suns.
He had a love of animals and his three companions were his dachshunds, Tootsie, Capt. Jack and Chi-Chi. Not only did he love his dogs, he loved feeding the birds and squirrels daily.
Arthur will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Veronica (Vera Dudeck); two sons, Artie Schicatano II, and his wife, Laura, and Joe Schicatano, and his wife, Debra; a daughter, Bernadette Baskin, and her husband, Carl; loving grandchildren, Erin, Artie III, Andrew, Stephen, Jeno, Angelo "his buddy," Carl Jr., and his wife, Natalie, Ryan, and his companion Amanda Nye, Jeff Steele, and his wife, Nicole, Briana Baskin, and her companion, Brandon Allison; Joe Baskin, and his wife, Tiffany, and Jordanne, and her companion, Josh Bell; his loving great-grandchildren, Adrian, Jake, Clay, Aleah, Jessica, Ryder, Shelby, Colbe, Isabel, Peyton, Emily, Blake, Bray Carleeann, Caleb, Anthony, Isabella, Davida and Gianna; two brothers, Victor Scicchitano and Sylvester Schicatano; four sisters, Lena Weikel, Gilda Bleinstein, Arlette Dent and Emily Schicatano; a loving godchild, Sandy Halcovich; a close family friend, Richard Lewis, companion of Maryanne, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Maryanne and Christine (Steele); two grandchildren, Gina Steele and Jeremy Baskin; three brothers, Adam Scicchitano, Lester Schiccatano and infant Orlando Scicchitano; four sisters, Rosalin Jasper, Julia Osevala, Ellie Scicchitano and Evelyn Scicchitano; two godchildren, Kathy Wolfe and Dennis Scicchitano, and two brothers-in-law, John Halcovich and Hank Smink.
SCHICATANO – Arthur C. "Honey" Schicatano, 87, of 105 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at Mother Cabrini Church, 214 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin. A committal service will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Coal Township, with military honors. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950. An online guest book can be signed at www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsitem.
Published in The News Item from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2012