Arthur "Tony" Cianchetti, age 86, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014 after a short illness.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on September 29, 1927 and was a long-time resident of Kenmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Letitzia; his wife of 35 years, Marietta (Simone); brothers, Vincent and Guido; and sister, Mary Fortunato. He is survived by his loving children, Stephen (Renee Hyland) of Uniontown, Ohio; and Monica (Mike Gillmor) of Medina, Ohio; grandson, Nicholas and several nephews.
Arthur was a proud member of the United States military where he was a two-war veteran serving in both World War II and the Korean War. In World War II, he was a member of the United States Coast Guard, Fireman First Class. In the Korean War he was a member of the 2nd Infantry Division "Indianhead" where he earned two bronze stars, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Distinguished Unit Service Citation. He was proud to join his comrades in the belief of the motto "Second To None."
Arthur was an upholsterer by trade and was often referred to as "Akron's Upholsterer" having done upholstering for numerous shops around the city. He was a retiree of Aircraft Braking Systems where he began his tenure with the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation and concluded with 20 plus years of service. He was forever searching for the "perfect pasta sauce" and enjoyed going to the local Kenmore pizza shops to chat with his Paesani. He was a long time member of the Kenmore Italian Civic Club.
Friends and family may pay their respects on Thursday, January 9 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH 44314. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 10 at Prentice Funeral Home with Rev. Michael B. Smith officiating, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery where military funeral honors will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Justin T. Rogers Care Center, Fairlawn, Ohio.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014