Louis J. Forunato, 88, of Bellevue, passed into the arms of our Lord on Jan. 13, 2007, after a brief illness.
Louis was born June 5, 1918, in Tiffin, Ohio, to Joseph and Pasqualena (Cajoni) Forunato. Louis attended St. Mary's School in Tiffin and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving there from 1935-36. He enlisted in the U.S. Army March 17, 1941, and was assigned to the Signal Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 and earned the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award and other Asia-Pacific Theater decorations and citations.
Louis married his beloved wife of 54 years, Laura (Guemelata), on Oct. 4, 1952, and lived in Bellevue until Sept. 2006 when they moved closer to family in Toledo. Louis was employed at Whirlpool Corp. in Clyde retiring after 29 years of service in 1980. He was a life member of VFW, Club Amer-Ital and Bellevue Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed playing cards, boxing, football and baseball, particularly attending his grandson's games, and was also a hunter and fisherman. Most of all he was a loving, caring and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. Louis will forever be remembered for his tremendous sense of humor and pleasant personality.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, son, Dan, daughter-in-law, Jeannine (Lovejoy) and grandson, John, all of Toledo; sister, Antionette Folk of Tiffin, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dan; and sisters, Vita Perna and Nagela Blazer.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Ohio 269 N., Bellevue. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bellevue Immaculate Conception Church on Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. with burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellevue.