Placido “Tom” Bongiovanni

SALEM – Placido “Tom” Bongiovanni, 92, of Salem, died at 8:17 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the Salem Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 4, 1925, in New York, N.Y., the son of the late Giuseppe and Maria (Comminitti) Bongiovanni.

Tom was a bricklayer for Wisconsin Steel in Chicago, Ill. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Knights, Italian-American Club, Salem AMVETS Post 45 and Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892. In 2011 he was the grand marshal for the Memorial Day parade. During World War II he served in the South Pacific in the United States Navy.

His wife, Lorraine D. (Wolsko) Bongiovanni, whom he married Aug. 29, 1975, preceded him in death on May 16, 2014.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Pastor Amanda “Aimee” (Pastor Lou) Raymond of Salem and Susan (Ray Collins) Swanson of Alsip, Ill.; a stepson, Michael (Barbara) Metzger of El Paso, Texas; one sister, Rita Fisher of Cedar Lake, Ind.; three brothers, Frank (Joy) Bongiovanni of Fresno, Calif., Charles Bongiovanni of Chicago, Ill., and Anthony (Deana) Bongiovanni of Oxnard, Calif.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his special friends, John Maniscalco and family and Mr. and Mrs. David Roberts.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Robert Edwards officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with a Knights of Columbus rosary prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery with military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908 or to the Salem Honor Guard, 750 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, Ohio 44460.

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