Gluvna Shimo Hromada Home
Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
Sebastian J. Scrofano
US Navy WWII & Korean War Vet; US Steel Retiree
Age 90
Born: September 14, 1927   Died: March 9, 2018

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Sebastian John Scrofano, 90, entered the house of the Lord on March 9, 2018. He was born in Augusta, Sicily, to Salvatore and Gaetana in 1927 and came to the United States through Ellis Island when he was two years old. He lived in Lorain most of his life until he moved to Amherst in 2004. Following a brief employment at U.S. Steel he enlisted in the Navy when he was 16 and served in World War II as Seaman First Class. After training at Camp Peary, Virginia, he was deployed to Moffett Field in California and was assigned to a Lighter Than Air Station where he served protecting the West coast from attack. 

He is survived by his wife Dolores (nee Strong) whom he married in 1949. The following year he was recalled to the Korean Conflict and served aboard the U.S.S. Cabildo LSD in the Marshall Islands. While there he participated in Operation Greenhouse (nuclear bomb testing) at Eniwetok Atoll. When he was again discharged, he was employed at U.S. Steel in management until he retired in 1983. During this time, he also worked as a licensed plumber. He continued to work as a plumber until he was 80 years old. He often worked for little or no cost and was sad when he could no longer help those people who continued to call for assistance.

 He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he was an active handyman, maintained the church, did plumbing and light construction, ushered at Sunday Mass, and worked in the kitchen for many of the annual pierogi fundraisers.  In 2004 he was named Holy Name Man of the Year. Proud of his military service, he volunteered for 18 years at the local Veterans Administration Clinic. Community service was very important to him and he volunteered for 30 years at Mercy Regional Hospital. In addition, he was a member of the Senior Fellowship Club, the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and the Italian-American Veterans.

His greatest joy was his family. Aside from his wife Dolores, he is survived by his six daughters. Paula (John) Reeger, Sue (Jeff) Gacka, Connee (Mark) Coleman, Christine (Dan) DeNicola, Kaye (Darcy) Teets, and Dina (Craig) Rosenzweig. He was also immensely proud of his 15 grandchildren, Adam (Jennifer) Reeger, Alison (David) Cook, Patrick Gacka, Kevin Gacka, Holly (Micah) Torgersen, Heather Coleman, Amy Coleman, Katie (Mike) Cafferky, Michael (Anna) DeNicola, Gregory (Christina) DeNicola, Nicholas (Julie) Teets, Thomas (Vivien) Teets, Joseph Teets, Jacob (Katie Caponero) Teets and Josh Rosenzweig. He also has 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Giovanni, Joseph, and Dominic.

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The family will receive friends Wednesday March 14th from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain.  Additional viewing will be held Thursday March 15th from 10:00 am until the time of the mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1305 E Erie Ave, Lorain.  Father Vince Petersen, OFM Conv, will preside.   Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon where AMVETS Post #32 of Elyria will conduct military honors. 

Please make donations to:

Franciscan Friars, 5831 Saranac Ave, Cincinnati OH 45224-3034 or St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Breakwall Repair, 1305 E Erie Ave, Lorain, OH. 44052