CANASTOTA >> Albert A. Grasso, 84, of 102 Frances St., Canastota, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1929, in Syracuse, the son of Salvatore and Rosina DeMauro Grasso.
Albert spent his early years in Syracuse, attending Central High School. He has lived in Canastota since 1963.
He was a veteran, serving on the frontline in Korea with the United States Marine Corps., and later the Marine Corps. Reserve, and the Army National Guard.
Albert worked for the Continental Cordage in Cazenovia for many years, retiring in 1994, and had previously worked as a finish carpenter.
He was a member of the NYS Laborers Union, and St. Agatha's Church in Canastota.
Albert loved watching sports, especially New York Yankees baseball, basketball, walking, and spending time with his family.
He married Shirley M. Mautz on Aug. 22, 1953, in Syracuse. Shirley died on May 6, 1984.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debbie Laureti Grasso of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Richard Sharpe of Skaneateles; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Joanna Wojdyla of Liverpool, Mary and Onofrio Moro of Syracuse, and Helen Poulsen of North Syracuse; three grandchildren, Matthew Sharpe, Allary Grasso and Samantha Grasso; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Albert was predeceased by a son, Steven E. Grasso and eldest sister, Yolanda Georgianna.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Agatha's Church, 329 N. Peterboro St., Canastota, where a funeral mass will be held. The Rev. Stephen P. Wirkes, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Agatha's Cemetery, Canastota. At Albert's request there will be no calling hours, however, the family will greet friends at a luncheon at St. Agatha's Parish Center following the mass. Arrangements are under the supervision of the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James St., Canastota. In his memory, contributions may be made to The Station of the Cross, 6325 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Apr. 9, 2014