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Stefano Finazzo


1940 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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Stefano Finazzo

passed away suddenly on September 23, 2016 in San Pedro, California at age 76. He was born on June 7, 1940 in Trappeto, Sicily to Giuseppe and Giuseppa Finazzo. He was a loving husband to Gemma Vaccaro for 34 years until she passed away from cancer in 2002. Together they raised 3 children, Josephine, Joe and Salvatore. He married Concetta Galante in 2008 and they had enjoyable 8 years together. He and Concetta spent their time enjoying their children and grandchildren and traveling. It was important to them to pass on Italian traditions to their families. Stefano had a fulfilling career as head chemist of Arco and retired after 29 years in 1998. He took great pride in his work and was the first in his family to pursue a college education. Anyone who knew Stefano knew how proud he was of his culture and traditions of his beloved homeland. He worked tirelessly and served on many Italian committees and organizations; from assisting with passport issues, citizenship and pensions to planning dinner-dances, trips, and operas. He founded the Trappeto Club of San Pedro in 1990 and served as President for many years. Throughout the years, he was honored with many awards for his dedicated service. In 2004, he received the Veremente Siciliano Award. In 2005, he received the Republic Day Man of the Year Award, and in 2009 he received the title of Cavaliere by Il Presidente Della Rebublica. Stefano was preceded in death by his wife, Gemma. He is survived by his wife, Concetta, and his children: Josephine and Pete Rocca, Joe and Christy Finazzo, Sal and Stephanie Finazzo, Vince Galante, John and Darlene Galante, Paul and Loni Galante. He had 14 grandchildren who were the greatest pride and joy of his life: Stefani, Stefano, Nicholas, Gino, Juliana, Gemma, Gia, Gianni, Santino, Valentina, Gianni, Secrett, Julianna, and Gabriella. Services to honor Stefano will be held at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church In San Pedro: Viewing and visitation – Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm, Rosary – Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm Funeral visitation – Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00am Funeral mass – Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to caterinasclub.org (657) 201-3278. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and mcnerneysmortuary.com
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 27, 2016
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