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Steve R. Flasco

Steve R. Flasco, 96, passed away on Dec. 30, 2017. He was born in Akron, Ohio, to the late "Mike" (nee Michael Falasca) and "Fanny" (nee Filamena Silvestri) Flasco who immigrated from Carovilli, Italy in 1907. Steve lived in the Akron area all his life and was a member of Blessed Trinity Parish (formally St. Martha Parish). He graduated from North High School in 1939, worked as a welder at Firestone while attending Kent State University, and in 1951 graduated with a business and economics degree. He worked as a sales engineer for Bellows-Valvair until retirement. Before college, with war looming, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He joined the Army and served from 1942 to 1945 as a sergeant T4 in General Patton's 3rd Army, Company C, 10th Armored Division, 132nd Maintenance Battalion. He served from France to Battle of the Bulge to East Germany, welding M4 tanks and half-tracks, holding his stories for years until in his 90's. Then his family discovered boxes of pictures and memorabilia and he shared an incredible wealth of knowledge about the war. Those stories resulted in an interview by Beacon Journal writer, Jim Carney, who interviewed Steve and his brother, Palmer, which was published May 26, 2014, plus a video made for the Veterans History Project. Steve was an avid sports fan. He loved being outdoors and pursued ice skating, fishing, boating, and was a founding member of the Akron Ski Club and took a ski trip to Courcheval, France. He spent years volunteering as an official ‘timer' at the ski races at Boston Mills. He loved Lake Erie perch and filled the freezer so he could enjoy eating them every season of the year. He and his wife, Lucy, traveled to many places near and far, including the U.S., Italy twice, Western Europe, China and Hawaii. He was very independent and drove until he was 96 years old, and as an incredible mechanic, would never give up on any challenge fixing his cars or his home. He loved talking about business, stocks and economics and followed them with a passion. His advice was always, "You can only spend it once, so do it wisely". He was predeceased by his large Italian family including his wife of almost 60 years, Lucy (Gasbarro) Flasco (d. 2014), parents Mike and Fanny Flasco, his niece Carolyn Deuri and his siblings, Sylvia Conti, Carl Flasco, Cora Deuri, Annie Cotruvo, Lucille Flasco and his close and dearest brother, Palmer Flasco (d. 2014) who also served during WWII in the U.S. Navy on the USS WASP in the Marianna Islands. Steve leaves his spirit and legacy of love for the outdoors to his surviving family members, including his daughter, Donna Flasco-Chinchen, three grandchildren, John (Shirley) Chinchen (UT), Gina (Markus) Martin (UT) and Jody Chinchen (Ryan Matz) (NH). He also leaves six great-grandchildren, Janelle and Katie (UT), Audrie and Makayla (NY) and Beorn and Freya (UT), sister-in-law, Olga (Miskalo) Flasco and many nieces and nephews, especially nephew, Tom (Carolyn) Deuri, who indulged him with dandelion soup and remembered him, especially on holidays. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10:00 am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron with Father Joseph Warner, Celebrant. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 am - 10:00 am at the church, ONE HOUR PRIOR TO SERVICE. Steve's final resting place will be Holy Cross Cemetery. A special thanks to City Hospital, Dr. Bauman and RN Jackie Leffelmeyer who helped our family through this tremendous loss. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blessed Trinity Parish, a veterans group, or your favorite charity.


Saturday, January 6, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Blessed Trinity Church
300 East Tallmadge Avenue Akron 44310, United States

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We loved Steve all the years we were with him in Akron Ski Club. He was the best. We have very fond memories of that time and Donna racing for the Akron Ski Club and other events. Donna, we are deeply sorry for your loss but our remembrance and love of you and your father will always be there. Bill and Ruth Apitz

Ruth Apitz Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

Donna and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was really something! I always enjoyed seeing him every year and I will certainly miss him. Love and peace to you and yours in this difficult time. -Linda Dambrowsky

Linda Dambrowsky Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM