Lino John David Agosti, 93, passed away November 10, 2013 in Anchorage.
Funeral mass will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 3900 Wisconsin St. in Anchorage. Rosary will be at 1:15 pm. Lino will be laid to rest next to his wife Dona at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery in the Spring.
Born January 6, 1920 in Aquafredda, Italy, he immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1921. A student at St. Vincent's Prep School and Archabbey, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Denver (BS) as well as the University of Chicago (MBA), he majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Lino served in the US Army in the Pacific during WWII as paratrooper and lived in Japan for two years during the post-war Occupation where he was a part of the Special Services teams. This assignment found him setting up races with the Emperor's horses and working on the first ski lift at Sapporo.
In 1954, Lino met the love of his life, Dona Marie Wolking, in Evergreen, Colorado. They were married three months later and were together for 55 years until her passing in 2010. They moved with their three daughters to Alaska from Minnesota in 1959 when Lino was asked to manage Northwest Airlines' flight kitchen operations. In subsequent years, they had four sons and raised seven children in their Turnagain home where they lived since 1963.
Throughout his life, Lino was a member of many organizations that reflect his strong Catholic faith: Phi Kappa Catholic fraternity; the Third Order of St. Benedict, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Crimont Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Christian Family Movement, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (The Priory of St. George at NY), and a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He also served as a lector, a member of the Men's Club and the building committee at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. He and his wife conducted pre-wedding counseling for the Archdiocese for ten years. He also volunteered with his sons' Little League teams and Boy Scout Troop 615.
Lino helped found the family business, Refrigeration and Food Equipment in 1965, a company now run by his sons. Lino was a member of the Food Service Consultants Society International and the Chaine des Rotisseurs, two groups directed towards enhancing professionalism in the commercial food service industry. He loved good food and wine as well as his linen napkins.
After his family, Lino's greatest joy was fishing. He was an avid angler and taught many of his children, grandchildren, countless friends and visitors his innate skills earning the moniker "the fish whisperer." He began fishing at Russian River in the early 60's, long before many campgrounds were even open. Lino also supported the Anchorage Civic Opera and the Alaska Repertory Theatre.
His family wrote, "Lino will be remembered for his jovial spirit, his unconditional love for all of his family, his steadfast Catholic faith and his strong sense of values and intellect. He had a smile and a kind word for all he met."
Lino is survived by his daughter, Jan and husband Frank Woodruff, and their children, Amy, Zack and Fletcher of Seattle; daughter, Ann of Homer; daughter, Tam and husband Hans Gisler, and their children, Genevieve, Luke, and Gabriella of Anchorage; son, Jon and his children, Jamin, Claire, and Lawrence of Anchorage; son, Tim and wife Elaine, and their children, Adam, Alex and Andrew all of Kenai, Anthony and wife Andrea of Nashville and Aaron of Mississippi; son, Tom and wife Julie Brown, and their children, Sam and Benji of Seattle; son, Dave and wife Denise, and their children, Tecla and Toby, of Anchorage, daughter, Nancy and husband Fawzy Fawzy of Malibu, and their children Joanna and husband Ernesto Morales of Culver City, and Monica and husband Patrick Bryant of Chicago; and sister, Lydia Morello of Pittsburgh.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Francis House or the charity of the donor's choice
Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Lino's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com
Published by Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2013.