KINGSFORD- Americo Frank Senatori, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford.
The eldest of four children, Americo was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in Eveleth, Minn., just six months after his parents Samuel "Sam" and Maria "Mary" (Corsi) Senatori immigrated from Capestrano (Abrusso), Italy. Sam was an iron-ore miner who later moved his family to Iron Mountain to work in its local mines.
He graduated from Iron Mountain High School, class of 1939, and married Geraldine Paquette on Aug. 29, 1942.
During World War II, he served in the army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, as a staff sergeant/auto mechanic. After his honorable discharge in 1945, Americo returned to Iron Mountain, working for the Penny (Andreini) Oil Co., then eventually establishing a partnership with Bill Jenkins called the "J & S Northside Texaco" (on the "corner of Main & Highway U.S.2") which closed in 1977. During that period Americo also owned a Jeep dealership.
In 1977, he became a skilled laborer who worked, until his retirement, on construction of the Champion International Co. Paper Mill in Quinnesec.
The Elks Club, the Pine Grove Country Club, and the Merchant's Bowling League all were part of his social life throughout the years. He was also an active parishioner of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford.
Those who survive him are his brother, Gildo (Isabelle) Senatori of San Francisco; a sister, Annie (Leonard) of The Villages, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Betty Senatori of Kingsford; a son, Thomas (Susan) of Madison, Wis.; grandsons, Adam (Megan) Senatori of Madison, and Alexander (Kristy) Senatori of Dennis, Mass.; two great-granddaughters, Annabelle and Savannah Senatori of Dennis; one grandson, Samuel Senatori of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, those who preceded him in death, were his wife of 49 years, Geraldine in December 1991; and his brother, Fred of Kingsford.
The family of Americo would like to thank the excellent, loving staff at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community where he became a popular resident for the last 19 months and was able to maintain a good, well-cared-for life. Americo and his family would also like to thank "Buck"Gussert for his special friendship and care throughout the years.
To honor Americo's life, a public graveside service will be held later this spring at Iron Mountain Cemetery Park and will be announced in The Daily News.
Because Americo was a very charitable person and tended to give to all solicitors, donations may be made in his name to a worthy cause of your choice.
"Those we love don't go away; They walk beside us every day: Unseen, unheard, but always near - So loved, so missed, and oh, so dear." Americo, We know your special spirit will always live within us. We love you.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Americo Senatori online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.