Louis “Lou” James Baldasare, 84, formerly of Crestline, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 at his home in Lexington.
Lou was born in Crestline on August 31, 1935 to the late Natalino and Philomena (Bresciani) Baldasare. He married Frances J. (Perito) Baldasare on July 18, 1964, and she survives him.
He was a graduate of Crestline High School, Class of 1954. Lou proudly served his country in the United States Army with six years of service. He was stationed in Korea for one of those years. He was an active member for over 20 years with the Crestline/Galion Veteran’s Military Funeral Detail. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 488 and the VFW Post 2920, both of Crestline. He worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG), retiring after 37 years of employment. Lou was an active life member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he served as an usher and was a member of the men’s choir. In 1984 the choir traveled to Rome and sang at the Vatican. Lou was a member of the Knights of Columbus Msg. Leo W. Frye Council 2642 and a member of the 4th Degree Pope John XXIII Assembly 838. Lou was a Crestline City Council member for six years and was also a member of the Zoning Board.
In addition to his wife, Lou is survived by his two sons, Vincent (Kim) Baldasare and Christopher (Stacey) Baldasare; his three grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, and Abigail; and his sister, Lillian Mansueti, Aliquippa, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
Lou was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Baldasare and sister, Julia Colonna.
Friends may call on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 4 pm – 7 pm at Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 223 W. Main St., Crestline where a Vigil Service will follow at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 331 North Thoman St., Crestline on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10 am with Fr. Jeff Smith, Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Crestline where military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army and the Crestline/Galion Veteran’s Military Funeral Detail.
In accordance with the Governor’s mandate, face masks will now be required to enter the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or School, Crestline, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home.
The family would like to sincerely thank the VA and Cambridge Home Health Care and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and compassion given to Louis and the family.
Those wishing to share a memory of Lou or send condolences to the Baldasare family may do so by visiting www.masfh.com.
The Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 223 W. Main Street, Crestline is honored to serve the family of Louis Baldasare.
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