Robert (Bob) Testa
1939 - 2020
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Robert (Bob) Testa

St. Cloud. MN - Robert (Bob) Testa passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020 at home, as he hoped he would. The outgoing and personable business owner was a fixture in the St. Cloud community who cherished his family and friends above all else, as well as embraced and relished the simple joys in life.

Bob was born March 24, 1939 on the South Side of Chicago. He was the son of Italian immigrants, Tranquillo Testa and Irene Vallortigara, and an alumnus of Chicago's Christian Fenger Academy High School.

In 1964 Bob moved to St. Cloud and opened the House of Pizza on Fifth Avenue. As an owner of what he called "a small pizza shop," Bob took great pride in his business and the community he served. He was a charming conversationalist who delighted in chatting with customers, never forgot a name, and genuinely enjoyed helping others. He was strong, proud, fearless, and found a silver lining in every situation. We are so proud of him and grateful for having had him in our lives.

Bob loved patronizing local establishments, traveling near and far, picture-taking, meat raffles, fish fries, weekend getaways, a glass of red wine with an ice cube, festivals and fairs, visiting the Poor Clare's, and most of all socializing with family and friends, new and old.

He took great pride in his children's and grandchildren's varied activities, flipped pizzas for school classes and was always quick to hand out a gift card to his favorite restaurant in town - House of Pizza. He enjoyed old movies and analog phones. He relished a pull tab win almost as much as pulling a stuffed animal out of a box with a crane. He always rooted for the Vikings and was thankful to have lived to see the Chicago Cubs win a World Series. He looked forward to quiet walks in Heritage Park as much as he did discovering a collectible cuckoo clock. The phrase "eat your fruit" will be remembered for generations to come as well as his appetite for artichokes, liver and onions, and of course, a good sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper pizza.

Bob is survived by his significant other Andrea Steven; the mother of his children Ruth Labat, his children Nicole Testa Boston, Jason Testa and Brandon Testa; son-in-law Gerry; grandsons Marcel, Elliot, David and Jonathan.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers Ken Cort and Dick Cortopassi, their wives Norma and Rosemary and his ever faithful dog Tiffer.

Bob's family is deeply grateful to CentraCare Hospice and his compassionate team of caregivers, Deb, Dean, Dana, Laura, Peg, Chris, Cindee, Makcario, Katie, and all of those behind the scenes who supported Bob and his family this past year as he dealt with Parkinson's and in his final weeks, COVID.

Donations in Bob's memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate) or to the Poor Clare Nuns of St. Clare's Monastery (421 South 4th Street, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379) where Bob sought prayer and solace throughout his life. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.






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Published in St. Cloud Times from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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7 entries
November 24, 2020
not many institutions in the granite city but Bob and the House of Pizza sure makes it on that short list. great guy! we always enjoyed seeing him on our visits back to st. cloud. he could revel you for hours with stories of people he knew in st. cloud over his span of 56 years living there. Thank you Bob for all the fond memories you have left behind to so many people. And a a note to Andrea: the Good Lord is bestowing upon you a free pass direct to Heaven (not even a Purgatory stop!) for all the comfort and care you gave Bob over the years.
bill and nancy hamm
Friend
November 23, 2020
Bob was one of the nice guys! Our sympathy to the family.
Jack and Janie Amundson
Friend
November 22, 2020
I'm saddened to hear this news. Bob was a very interesting man. I have fond memories of great pizza and quality conversations! Condolences to the family. RIP Bob
Pat Sell
Acquaintance
November 22, 2020
I worked for Bob at the House of pizza while going to school. He was a great boss! He always went out of his way to help and support his employees. I also babysat for Bob and Ruth for their daughter Nicole. Later when I would see him, we would talk about the past and all the memories. My deepest sympathy to the family and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
JoAnn & Rich Thorson
Coworker
November 21, 2020
Nicole & Gerry, Jason, Brandon, Marcel, Elliot, David & Jonathan.
May our hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate a life well lived. Love you all. Mom/Grandma
Ruth Labat
Family
November 21, 2020
Brandon, Jason, and Nicole,

I will always remember your dad as a kind, friendly, and giving man. I’m sorry to hear about his passing. You are very lucky to have had such an amazing person for a dad.

Prayers for you and the rest of the family
Thomas Dehler
Acquaintance
November 21, 2020
Brandon, Jason, and Nicole,

I will always remember your dad as a kind, friendly, and giving man. I’m sorry to hear about his passing. You are very lucky to have had such an amazing person for a dad.

Prayers for you and the rest of the family
Tom Dehler
Acquaintance
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