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John A. Avena Sr.

September 1, 1928 ~ October 16, 2019 (age 91)

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Services for John A. Avena, Sr. age 91, of Painesville will be 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Ave., Painesville.  Family and friends may call from 1:00 – 4:00 PM before the service at the funeral home.

John was the son of Antonio and Mary Rosati Avena born on September 1, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts and passed away October 16, 2019 at David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland.

John was a consultant for Lake Erie College and the former Bank one in Painesville for many years.  In 2005 he was recognized as a “Sesquicentennial Fellow” for his many years of dedication and support of Lake Erie College.  He served in the U. S. Navy during WW II.  After the war, while working at the Boston Navy Yard, as an electrician, he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, for saving the life of a co-worker from being electrocuted, putting his own life at risk. 

John was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge 549 in Painesville, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 490 in Painesville, American Legion Post 336 in Painesville and the Painesville V.F.W. Post 2595.

He was an avid fisherman and loved going fishing with his friends.

He is survived by his wife Marie (Heffron) Avena whom he married on February 1, 1948; daughter, Linda Freeman; son, John A. Avena, Jr.; grandchildren, John Avena III and Jessica Lawson; great grandchildren, Kacie, Kristin and Kimberly Lawson, Caitlyn and Joseph Avena; brother, Robert Avena; sisters, Sally Cornett and Frances Tuttle; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jean Francozi and Lorraine Marsh; and son in law, Martin Freeman.

He is survived by his  wife Marie (Heffron) Avena whom he married on February 1, 1948; daughter, Linda Freeman; son, John A. Avena, Jr.; grandchildren, John Avena III and Jessica Lawson; great grandchildren, Kacie, Kristin and Kimberly Lawson, Caitlyn and Joseph Avena; brother, Robert Avena; sisters, Sally Cornett and Frances Tuttle.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jean Francozi and Lorraine Marsh; and son in law, Martin Freeman.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
October 20, 2019

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Homes
667 Mentor Ave.
Painesville, OH 44077

Funeral Service
Sunday
October 20, 2019

4:00 PM
Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Homes
667 Mentor Ave.
Painesville, OH 44077

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