GIRARD - Peter J. Gelsomino, 83, passed away Wednesday evening, July 24, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Pete was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Girard, the son of Ercole and Filomena Cardiero Gelsomino.
Pete graduated Girard High School in 1948 and Youngstown State University in 1961.
Pete owned and operated Gelsomino Niles Sparkle Market for more than 30 years. Pete was affectionately known as "Mr. G."
Pete was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 2935 4th degree, and a retired board member of National City Bank. He served on the board of The United Way, and was past president and board member of Niles Community Services. He received the Claymen Foundation Award in 2012, and was past president of the Kiwanis.
Pete enjoyed his family and friends and was an avid golfer and car enthusiast. He lived life to the fullest.
Pete married Phyllis Santisi on May 18, 1953. Phyllis passed away April 10, 2013.
Pete is survived by one son, Eric J. Gelsomino of Mineral Ridge; two daughters, Annette M. (Michael) Ciletti of Warren and Michele M. Gelsomino of Austintown; one brother, Rocco Gelsomino of Girard; one sister, Nilda (Armand) Carusone of Girard; four grandchildren, Eric Peter, Gina, Kayla and Sara; and his beloved companion, Rusty.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis; and a brother, Anthony Gelsomino.
Pete's family will receive family and friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard. There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church in Girard. Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the church Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions to go to Niles Community Services.