CESARO, Arnold B., 83, a long time resident of Wintersville, OH, marched into the gates of Heaven to become God's soldier on October 6, 2012. Arnold was surrounded by his family as he valiantly lost his battle with cancer. He was a true soldier until the end. As the poet, Dylan Thomas, once said, "He did not go gently into that good night."
He was born in Adrian, WV, on December 8, 1928, a son of the late Fragomeni and Lillie Claypole Cesaro. He was a US Army veteran and was employed by the former Jefferson County Burial Vault Co. for over 47 years. For 64 years he and his wife Florence shared an undying love and devotion to one another and their children and grandchildren. Arnold loved nothing better than working in his garden and sharing the bounty with his family and neighbors, something he had done until this year. He took great pride in his yard and caring for his flowers. During the winter months he liked repairing and making new lawn ornaments for his family and many friends. Arnold liked watching wrestling, kick boxing and stock car racing on television.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Kenneth A. Cesaro; two infant grandchildren; brothers, Orlando and Harold Cesaro and Hugh, Edgar and Hartsel Claypole; sisters, Vernia Lantz, Opal Kostoff and Donis Poling.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Florence Strader Cesaro; sons, David Cesaro of Bloomingdale, OH and Paul Cesaro of Wintersville, OH; grandchildren, Steve (Allison) Cesaro of Columbus, OH and Samantha Cesaro of Wintersville; great-grandsons, Corey and Dominic Cesaro; step great granddaughter, Brittany Hart and one sister, Garnett Lee of Morgantown, WV.
Family and friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, on Monday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Deborah Keller officiating. Burial at Union Cemetery.
The family would like to give a special thank you to UPMC Cancer Center, Trinity Health Center and a very special thank you to Valley Hospice and suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may directed to Valley Hospice, Bloomingdale U.M. Church or Wintersville Volunteer Fire Dept.
Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad will conduct services at cemetery.
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