Elmo Baldassari, 94, of Dunmore, passed away peacefully Thursday evening lovingly surrounded by his children in the comfort of his home. There are no words to adequately portray his life-long accomplishments but several endeavors deserve accolades.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Ulysses and Anna Baldassari. His most prominent real-estate developments included a few of the first hotels in Wildwood, N.J., the 24th Street, the Magnolia and the Shalimar. Locally, Elmo developed Moosic Lake, Bellefonte Apartments and the land which ultimately became Mount Margaret Estates.
He was a successful business man and one of his most admirable qualities was sharing his fortune and knowledge with others to begin business ventures of their own. His generosity and entrepreneurial spirit provided a way of life for generations of families. Elmo had a passion for music and dancing which prompted him to open the infamous Orchid Club and Spruce Street Record Shop. He loved Bocci Ball, fishing and hunting and spent over 68 years traveling out west to South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming where he established many life-long friendships.
He is survived by his life-long companion, AnnMarie "Tita" D'Amico; his daughter, Mrs. Dawn Albert and husband, Dr. Mark Albert, and daughter, Mia Baldassari; son, Dr. Elmo Baldassari and wife, Jennifer Dunda, and son, Billy Baldassari, and daughter, Barbara "Cookie" Rinaldi; grandchildren, Marco, Zachary and Helena Albert; Nico Valvano, Billy and Luca Baldassari.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Leda Pagnani Baldassari; and son, Donald Baldassari; as well as his brothers, Elio "Al", Joseph and Henry "Hank" Baldassari.
Elmo was given exceptional personal care not only by his children but also by his caretakers, Barbara Weidow, Lorraine Becchetti, Elaine Skamanich, Dawn Galavitz, Lavern Nicole, Dr. Kenny Sebastanelli and his staff.
A celebration of life Mass will be held on Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, at 3 p.m.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the church beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
in memory of Carmine Monacelli, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Think Big, c/o Caring for Carmine, Fidelity Bank, N. Blakely St., Dunmore, PA 18512.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.Dun moreFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc.
Published in Scranton Times from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2013