ATWATER, OH – Robert I. Berardi, 83, passed peacefully at 12:20 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at his home, with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 2, 1929, in Ellsworth, Ohio to John and Mary (Cataline) Berardi.
Mr. Berardi graduated from Canfield, Ohio High School in 1947 and served in the Army from 1949 to 1952.
While in the Army, he served in Okinawa, the Pentagon and was chosen to work in the White House garage during the Truman era.
After his service, he attended Capitol Engineering Institute in Washington D.C. and graduated in 1955.
He worked as an electric technician at Goodyear Aerospace for five years, before going to Lear Seigler Aerospace, in Bedford, Pa., for 32 years.
He finished work as a senior test engineer.
Robert attended the Church of Anointment for 25 years.
He enjoyed fishing locally and in Canada, elk hunting in Colorado and hunting in Ohio and Pennsylvania, dancing, skating and working on his farm.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Berardi; sons, Robert T. and James E. Berardi; daughter, Margaret Giller; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dominic, Grant, Liberi (Pat), Joseph and John Jr.; and sisters, Elba (Honey) and Stella.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their exceptional care of Robert.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Caldwell officiating.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 885 S. Sawburg Road, Suite 106, Alliance, OHIO 44601.
Arrangements are by the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601.
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