Martin “Marty” S. Scolaro, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, following a courageous two-year struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Marty was born in Chicago, IL, on November 15, 1935, the son of the late Evelyn L. (nee: King) and Martin Scolaro, Sr. After serving four years in the United States Air Force as a mechanic and teacher, Marty returned to Chicago where he attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier.
In Chicago, Marty met and was united in marriage with Arlene (nee: Kunhart) Scolaro on July 18, 1964. Marty’s occupation, engineering, took his family to Racine for employment at J.I. Case Co. He also worked at American Motors, Bucyrus –Erie and retired from Snap-on Tools of Kenosha. In 2000, Marty and Arlene moved to Browns Lake in Burlington where he enjoyed his love of the water and boating.
Marty was a member of Christ Church United Methodist for 41 years where he served as a trustee and head usher. He was also a member of Roma Lodge where he enjoyed celebrating his Italian heritage. Among his interests, Marty enjoyed golfing, bowling, boating, photography and, most importantly, spending time with his family and his treasured grandchildren.
Surviving are his loving wife of over 44 years, Arlene “Dee”; their sons, Kenneth M. (Amy) Scolaro and James M. (Marta) Scolaro, both of Racine; and Joseph A. (Cindy) Scolaro of Mt. Prospect, IL; his most precious grandchildren, Jonathan, Susan, Bailee, Emily and Marina; sister, Josephine Carbone of Boulder, CO; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 29, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Christ Church United Methodist, 5109 Washington Ave., with Rev. Jaime Nolla officiating. Entombment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and in the church on Monday from 10-11 a.m.. Roma Lodge rites will be conducted by members at the funeral home on Sunday at 5 p.m.. In memory of Marty, memorials to Christ Church United Methodist, the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association have been suggested.
A special note of thanks to the staff of Wheaton Franciscan Home Health for their compassionate care. Our sincere gratitude to all our neighbors, friends and church family for the countless acts of kindness and support given during our time of need. God bless all of you!
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000