GIRARD - Nicola “Nick” Restaino, 87, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 1, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.
Nicola was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Sulmona, Italy, a son of the late Francesco and Bambina DiPlacido Restaino, and came to the United States and Girard in 1958.
In Italy, Nick’s family owned land and raised crops and livestock. When Nick was a boy during World War II, his family’s home was occupied by soldiers from Nazi Germany. Nick described this as a very scary time in his life and accordingly, he slept with one eye open at all times. When Nicola grew into his 20s, he joined the Italian Carabineri, which is the Italian Military Police.
He married the former Phyllis Gianetti on Sept. 15, 1958, in Italy. When his wife returned to her home in the United States, the couple wrote letters back and forth to each other until Nick could come to America to join her.
After coming to America, Nick worked as an engineer at several local companies, including Miele Engineering, Wean United, and he later retired from Taylor Winfield.
Nick was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. His favorite hobby was fishing and he spent many days in Ashtabula fishing for steelhead trout. Mr. Restaino also enjoyed gardening and playing bocce, and most importantly, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
Mr. Restaino leaves to cherish his memory three children, Frank (Joyce) Restaino, Doreen (Mark Sedinger) Caudill, and Diane Restaino, all of Girard; a brother, Vito (Rita) Restaino of Girard; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Nick’s wife, Phyllis Restaino, passed away May 31, 1995. Besides his wife, a brother, Mario Restaino, and Mario’s wife, Anna Restaino, preceded Nick in death.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 222 S. State St., Girard.
Funeral services will begin Friday, Oct. 5, at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard.
Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Nick will be laid to rest next to his wife.
The Restaino family suggests memorial contributions be made in Nick’s memory to the American Kidney Fund, through www.kidneyfund.org.
American Kidney Fund
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