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Henio R. Arcangeli


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Henio R. Arcangeli Obituary
June 1930 - October 13, 2017 "End of an Era" Henio Raul Arcangeli, a generous man who lived a very full and accomplished life, died peacefully at the age of 87 on October 13, 2017 surrounded by family, following the progressive debilitation of Alzheimer's disease. Henio was a longtime resident of Santa Monica, California. He was the youngest son of the late Guerino and Yolanda Arcangeli of San Genaro Norte, Argentina, and the youngest brother to the late Derby and Omar Arcangeli. Henio was incredibly bright, and regularly the top student of his class. He completed his secondary schooling in Rosario, Argentina, where he met his future wife, Griselda Tartara. In search of a better life, he sought the American dream and immigrated to Los Angeles, California, in 1957. After working several years, he established himself enough to ask his future bride to marry him. Griselda arrived from Argentina shortly thereafter, and they were promptly married the next day on December 30, 1961. Shortly after their wedding, and full of entrepreneurial drive and personal self-confidence, he started his own commercial refrigeration company (Air-X, Inc.), with a partner, the late Jack Messing. Together, with hard work and perseverance, they built and grew Air-X into a highly successful business for over 35 years, until they sold the company upon their planned retirement. During his time at Air-X, Henio was awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that greatly improved the reliability of ice making machines. The many years of running Air-X provided numerous opportunities to meet and interact with people who remained friends of his for decades. As a principled man, he strove for equality, and frequently lamented that many in society seemed left behind. His strong empathy for people led him to quietly and generously provide for family, friends and people in need in the U.S. and Argentina. In their free time, Henio and Griselda enjoyed spending time with an extensive group of fellow Argentinians who had also immigrated to the Los Angeles area. There were many enjoyable family gatherings, asados, and opportunities to instill Argentinian culture into the kids. Henio enjoyed reading, investing in real estate, and watching boxing and soccer on TV. Now, from heaven he will watch and cheer for the Argentina national soccer team! The division of labor in the family unit was clear. As hard as he worked out of the house, his loving wife Griselda did it all at home to raise their two boys, Henio Jr. and Carlos. Henio is survived by his wife, Griselda, his two sons Henio Jr. (Mary) and Carlos (Jane), and 4 grandchildren, Gabriela, Michael, Nicolas, and Bobby. A special heartfelt gratitude is extended for the loving personal care provided in these last years by Gina Gomez, Adrianna Trujillo, Maria Garcia, Eleanor Ramirez, and Monica Pineda.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 12 to Dec. 18, 2017
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