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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP Richard J. LoSasso Sr., 96, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home with his family by his side.
Richard was born March 13, 1917, in Youngstown, a son of the late Vincenzo Diego and Josephine Speziale LoSasso, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1935 graduate of East High School and was the long-time chairman of the class reunion committee. After high school, Richard served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp No. 3517, in Shreve, Ohio, from 1935 to 1936.
Richard started barbering in 1927 as a youth, and became a licensed barber when licensing became an Ohio law in 1933. He was the owner of Acme Barber Shop on Oak Street in Youngstown, and later became owner of the Arco Barber Shop in the McGuffey Mall, upon the demise of his partner Charles Skinny Giampetro. He continued operating the barber shop until just a few years ago.
Mr. LoSasso was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa, and after being injured, was reassigned to Allied Forces Headquarters with General Eisenhower. He later moved on to Signal Corps Headquarters in Caserta, Italy.
Richard was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown, was a member and past commander of VFW Post, No. 8841, was a member of ITAM Post, No. 3, Sons of Sicily, Avatar Club, 2nd Ward Italian American Club, East Side Civics, Arco Club, Knights of Columbus Council, No. 3144, and the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent, No. 31.
Richard leaves two daughters, Jacqueline Watson of Girard and Stephanie DeMain of Holland, Pa.; a son, Richard J. LoSasso Jr. of Mineral Ridge; three grandchildren, Joy (Mike) Newingham of Stow, Ashley DeMain of Washington, D.C., and J. T. DeMain of Philadelphia; five great-granddaughters, Gabriella Elizabeth, Mallory, Makenzie, Maddy, and Gia; a brother, James (Helen) LoSasso of Boardman; and two sisters, Josephine Romandetti of Boardman and Mary Ferko of Berlin Center.
His wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Lepsik LoSasso, whom he married April 14, 1945, passed away April 23, 2010. A son, James R. LoSasso, a brother, Joseph A. LoSasso, and three sisters, Kay Demko, Jenney Pelaia, and Frances Pondilla, also preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown.
A committal service with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where Richard will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Mr. LoSassos family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, do so by donating to Grace Hospice, 7206 Market St., Youngstown, 44512, or to the donors favorite charity.
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