John Anthony Arena
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WW II Veteran
John Anthony Arena, 93, of Norwalk, CT, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He leaves his wife Bernadette McCarthy Arena, who he married in 1950, his daughter Carole (Arena) Beesley and her husband Hal, loving granddaughters Allison and Margaret Beesley, all of California, his sisters Helen Damato and Virginia Arena, both of Norwalk, and many nieces and nephews. John was also predeceased by his brother Salvatore Arena, Sr., and his sisters Angelina Schiavone and Antoinette Arancia.
John was born in Norwalk on June 22, 1921, the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Chappa) Arena. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served during WW II as a Sergeant in the Pacific Theater, mostly in the Philippine's. John was an Air/Sea Rescue Radio Operator. After the war he served as a volunteer fireman in Norwalk before starting his career as a sheet metal journeyman with Sheet Metal Workers Local 38. He was also a co-owner of Norwalk Metal Craftsmen, specializing in commercial stainless steel equipment. John then went to work with Gleisner Coachworks where he specialized in custom stretch and armored limousines. He was a member of the Stamford Knights of Columbus and very active in the Sheet Metal Union retirees. John also enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, loved to travel and took great pride in remodeling his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 8, 10 AM at St. Joseph Church, 85 S. Main St., Norwalk. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at church. John's family will receive friends at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Sunday from 4-6 PM. Donation in his name may be made to St. Joseph Church. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please go to
Magner Funeral Home Inc.
12 Mott Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
Published in The Hour on Sept. 4, 2014