POLAND — Eugene J. “Gene” Calcagni, 97, handed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 17, 2021, together with his loving household by his aspect.

Gene was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Smokey Hollow, the son of Italian immigrants Guiseppe and Marianna Pesa Calcagni, and was a lifelong space resident.

Gene will at all times be remembered as a patriarch of the household and as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and good friend. Anyone who knew Gene knew they might go to him for recommendation and he would lead them in the appropriate route. He was such a kind-hearted and humble man that was at all times pleased with his household and all of their accomplishments. He was glorious at telling tales and jokes and shall be dearly missed by everybody who knew him.

Gene was proud to have grown up on the East Side of Youngstown and was a 1942 graduate of East High School. Gene then heard the decision of his nation and proudly served within the United States Navy, from April of 1943 throughout World War II till he was honorably discharged in April 1946. He earned the rank third class petty officer, was connected to the Amphibious Forces and noticed fight within the South Pacific whereas stationed on the LSM 30 Naval Ship, the place he noticed fight within the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa.

Upon getting back from army obligation, Gene married the love of his life, the previous Antonette M. Popio, on Sept. 14, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Church, they usually celebrated over 72 great years of marriage till her passing on Aug. 24, 2019.

Gene started his working profession on the James A. Henderson Dealership in Youngstown as a physique store foreman, adopted by his 30-year tenure with Allstate Insurance Company as a property claims supervisor, retiring in 1986.

He was a lifelong, energetic member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, the place he was an usher, a member and previous vp of the Vestibule Club, and belonged to the Senior Citizens Group. Gene was on the Festival Committee from its inception in 1999, they usually honored him in 2013 because the Italian American Man of the Year. Gene additionally was a member of the ITAM Post 3, National LSM Association, PT Boat Association, the LST Association, and the Youngstown Morra League. He was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame for his excellent management as a Padrone and was a feared participant by all as a result of he virtually at all times received the purpose.

Gene had many passions all through his life. He loved vacationing throughout the summers at Myrtle Beach and Geneva-on-the-Lake, fishing together with his youngsters and grandchildren, attending the annual household picnics and enjoying playing cards. He particularly cherished his fishing journeys to Canada in May of every yr. Gene additionally loved planting his backyard, particularly his Swiss chard. He had a ardour for sports activities and cherished rooting on his favourite groups, Youngstown State University, The Ohio State University and all of the Cleveland groups: Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.

Gene leaves behind to carry onto his recollections, his beloved daughter, Jean M. (Gene) Wargo of New Middletown; daughter-in-law, Cyndi Calcagni of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; 5 grandchildren, Chris (Kerri) Wargo, Andrea (Joe) Simpson, Deana (Stephen) Davis, J. Michael (Brittany) Calcagni and Anthony (Kelly) Calcagni; 10 great-grandchildren, Logan and Carolyn Stewart, Jonah and John Simpson, Eden Davis, Gino, Dominic, Brody, Braden and Brynlee Calcagni; his sister, Angie DeTunno, with whom he was very shut; together with many nieces, nephews, cousins and associates.

Besides his dad and mom and spouse, Gene was preceded in dying by an toddler son, Joseph Anthony Calcagni; and son, Joseph Calcagni, who handed away Oct. 1, 2019; granddaughter, Brittany Calcagni; and brother, Arthur Calcagni.

Family and associates could pay their respects from 3 to five p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

Everyone is invited to the Mass of Christian burial to be held 10 a.m. Monday morning, March 22, 2021, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating. Please meet immediately on the church.

The household, funeral residence and church shall be working towards social distancing and correct well being protocols. As a social courtesy, please put on a masks or facial protecting. If you might be unable to attend, the household understands and acknowledges your ideas and prayers as a tribute to Gene.

Burial will happen subsequent to his beloved spouse, Antonette, in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, with army honors offered for Gene by the nice males of the Ellsworth VFW.

Material contributions may be made in Gene’s identify to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown, OH 44505.

Family and associates could go to www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, signal the visitor e-book and ship condolences to Gene’s household.

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