Onofrio Strongoli, 96, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio died peacefully at home on February 28, 2017 after a short illness and long, incredible life. He navigated life with his great sense of humor, energetic enthusiasm, and storytelling, bringing joy to the many people who were lucky enough to meet him. He was a blessing to us all and we are comforted by the myriad memories that he enjoyed making with his family.
Onofrio was born on Nov. 14, 1920 in the small mountain town of Centrache in Calabria, Italy, to the late Domenico Strongoli and Elisabetta Vatalaro Strongoli. At age 12, he arrived in Akron, Ohio and worked with his Uncle Vito who owned the Diamond Grill Restaurant. Voted "boy most likely to succeed" at West High School, he made good on his senior superlative by accomplishing what matters most in life: love of family, good will toward others, and sense of adventure. He served our country honorably during World War ll as a combat medic on the front lines in the third army commanded by General Patton, landing on Omaha beach during the Normandy Invasion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he worked for the next 40 years at General Tire Rubber Company in Akron. Following retirement, he volunteered at the V.A. Hospital in Brecksville, and worked at the Fairlawn Country Club. He was a member of the MSC Italian Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Because of his life-long interest in geography and ability to speak several languages, Onofrio enjoyed traveling the world with his family. His other interests included taking nature hikes, gardening, playing the harmonica, and spending time with his treasured grandchildren, Joseph, Justin, Rachel, Michael, Matthew, and Natalie.
He is preceded in death by his younger brother, Vito of Centrache and his younger sister, Nina Strongoli Barillari of Rome, Italy. He is survived by his cherished wife of 69 years, Rita, whom he often referred to as the angel of his life. He was a devoted father and adored by his children, Donald, Mary (Vern) Ley, Mark, Michele (Keith) Scott, and David (Terri). Onofrio will foremost be remembered for his warm smile and outgoing personality that put everyone he met at ease.
The family would like to thank the VA Administration, Interim Healthcare, Clear Path Healthcare, Crossroads Hospice and especially Catholic Charities Summit Adult Day Services for the wonderful care he received.
A memorial service with military honors will be given to him at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman/Seville on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
(Adams Mason Funeral Home CFNP 3-19-17)