Monday, December 14, 2009


Lorain- John F. Todarello, 90, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain.

John was born on September 23, 1919 to Eugene and Giovannina Todarello in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Lorain High School, Class of 1937B. John was one of the first three men who were drafted into the Army from Lorain in February 1941. They became friends in the Army Training Camp and were called the “3 T’s” as their last name started with “T”. John trained in several different camps in South Eastern U.S. He was sent to England to train for the invasion of France and was wounded in Normandy in the infantry, sent back to England for recuperation and discharged in 1945 with the Purple Heart. He was a Lorain Patrolmen after a stint in the National Tube CO. and entered employment with the I.R.S. from which he retired. John was a founding member of the I.A.V. Post#1, Lorain.

He is survived by his second wife, Connie (nee:Sparino); brothers, Alfred, Angelo and Albert Todarello; sister, Mary Dina Litkovitz; step-children; Barbara Debo, Karen Stohla and Ronald Butrey; 5 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Giovannina; brother, Dominic Todarello; and his first wife, Alice (nee:Shlotz) of Grand Rapids, Ohio.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961, on Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Closing prayers will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 8:50 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 A.M., Friday, December 18, 2009 at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Fr. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating. Private interment will follow the Mass at Hockman Cemetery, McClure, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent using


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