Eugene “Geno” A. Quartini of Masury passed away at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 93.
Mr. Quartini was born April 25, 1920, in Sharpsville, a son of Frank and Philomena Lombardi Quartini.
He was a lifelong area resident and a 1938 graduate of Brookfield High School.
Following his graduation, he worked as a laborer at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Geno served with the First Army during World War II in the 9th Armored Division, Company B 27th Armored Division, as a rifle and carbine sharpshooter. He participated in the Central Europe Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns and was one of the first to make the Rhine crossing and take control of the bridge at Remagen, Germany. A decorated war veteran, he was the recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Ribbon.
After his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to the area and eventually owned the family restaurant, The White Rose in Masury, until his retirement in 1985. His son, Howard, continues to operate the well-known eatery that specializes in Italian dishes.
Geno was a member of Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon.
An avid reader, he enjoyed watching football and baseball games, gardening and listening to music, especially opera. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren and attend their many activities.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Dolores J. Lelii, whom he married Sept. 8, 1949, in St. Vitus Church, New Castle; two daughters, Christine Dennison and her husband Phillip, Canfield, Ohio; and Gina Tizio, Hermitage; a son, Howard Quartini and his wife Dyanna, Hubbard; a son-in-law, Philip Tizio, Hermitage; five grandchildren, whom he adored, Alisa, Philip and Geno Tizio; and Lindsay and Joelle Quartini; and several nieces and nephews.
Geno was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and Patrick Quartini; and four sisters, Eugenia and Irma Quartini, Mayme Perfilio and Mary Kirila.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Eugene “Geno” A., 93, Masury.
Calling hours: There are no calling hours. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday (9-25-13) in Church of Sacred Heart, Sharon, with the Rev. Henry C. Andrae, pastor; and the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima-St. Ann’s Church, Farrell, as concelebrants.
Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage, with military honors rendered by West Middlesex Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wheatland American Legion and Farrell VFW Honor Guard.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.