Casper “Gabe” Castagnaro, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at home after an illness.
Gabe, as he liked to be called, was born on Feb. 7, 1926, in Scranton, Pa. He was one of 10 children of the late Anthony and Rose Manfredi Castagnaro. Gabe graduated from Scranton Technical High School. As a young man, he worked for D&H Railroad along with his father. He enlisted in the United States Army after high school, and served as a private stationed out of Fort McClellan, Ala. Following this he worked for the Murray Corporation of America for 10 years. He was the owner of a delicatessen and grocery store in North Scranton for a number of years. He worked for most of his adult life as a truck driver for a local beverage distributor. Gabe also served as a tireless volunteer for St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Anthony’s Church and later Mary, Mother of God Parish, in Scranton.
He was a loving husband, faithful provider and devoted father. He loved his family, especially his amazing and loving wife Teresina of 62 years, his four children and five grandchildren. He enjoyed bowling, doing crossword puzzles, playing Pinochle, and making homemade wine and soppressata with his family.
Survivors include his son, John Castagnaro, of Scranton; daughter, Ann Marie Murphy, of Springfield, Va.; daughter, Rena Tolson, of Laurel, Md.; and daughter, Roseann Castagnaro, of Falls Church, Va.; and his five grandchildren who adored him; Michael Murphy, Kristina and Nicholas Castagnaro, and Julia and Joseph Tolson.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters; and is survived by brothers, Frank Castanaro and Joe Castagnaro; and sister, Antoinette Cox.
Gabe’s family wishes to thank his caregivers from Traditional Hospice for their support and compassionate care, and also Dr. Domenic Ruggiero and his staff.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. There will be no public viewing. Following the Mass, interment with military honors will be held at the Cathedral Cemetery, West Scranton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted and are under the care and direction of the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave.