Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Kenneth Francis Spigarolo, Sr. of Fairfield, manager of Gold’s Delicatessen in Westport for 40 years before his retirement, died May 26. He was 91.
He graduated from Ludlowe High School, and attended Kansas State University before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the Army, he ran the largest PX in Kassel, Germany, where he met and married the love of his life, Hildegard Becker.
He came home to manage his family’s business, Spigarolo’s Market in Bridgeport. Later, he would manage Gold’s Delicatessen in Westport for more than 40 years before his retirement.
An original fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball, he enjoyed watching the team rocket to success throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of Germania Schwaben Club where he and his wife loved to dance and socialize.
He was also a previous member of he Subapena Club. For decades he and his wife belonged to a pinochle card group and traveled with their friends. He dedicated himself to caring about and for other people, and given a special award for donating hundreds of pints of blood from the American Red Cross.
He is survived by his children, Evylene Spigarolo, of Bridgeport, Diane Sidoriak and her husband Paul, of Fairfield, Kenneth Spigarolo, of Milford, Michael Spigarolo, of Milford, Linda Ferrante, and her husband, James, of Fairfield, Mark Spigarolo, and his wife, Jill, of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, Scott, Heidi, Paul, Kristina, Peter, Nicole, Michael, Jessica, Marissa, and Lindsey; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; his sister, Janet Weston, and her husband, Ronald; one sister-in-law, Agnes Spigarolo; numerous nieces and nephews, including Gunter Warken ,whom he sponsored for U.S. citizenship. In addition to his wife, Hildegard Elisabeth, he was predeceased by his parents, Orlando and Mabel Bahr Spigarolo; his daughter, Regina Baker; two brothers, Donald and Roland Spigarolo.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. His funeral will begin in the funeral home on Saturday, May 30 at 9:15 a..m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow in St. Thomas Church at 10 a.m. His interment with full military honor will take place in Mountain Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604 or donate a pint of blood through a local American Red Cross in his memory.
What a wonderful man Kenny was! Many generations of children and their children and their children’s children will remember Kenny for his Pretzels and his greetings!
Always a smile on his face - Never a problem!
My condolences to his family.