Alfred (Al) Donald La Neve, Sr., 92, passed into eternal life on Friday, March 9, 2012, at 7:52 p.m. in his home surrounded by family per his wishes.
A son of the late Ralph James and Rose Marie De Stefano La Neve, both immigrants from Cerisano, Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, Al was born on Feb. 22, 1920, in his home in Newell, W. Va.
His loving wife and mother of their children of 35 years, Ethel Eleanor Virden La Neve, whom he married on July 10, 1954, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in East Liverpool, Ohio, preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1989.
Al always remembered and told the story of how she told him before she passed into eternal life that he had to be grandmother and grandfather to their grandchildren.
He was the fourth oldest of 14 children.
Also preceding him in death were his brothers Tony, Albert, Frank, Eugene, and Dr. Ralph La Neve; sisters, Margaret La Neve, Therese Smith, Elizabeth La Neve, and Marie Cameron; sisters-in-law Edith Flannigan, Julia Taubert, Dorothy (Dolly) McKinnon, Betty Virden; brothers-in-law James Virden, Raymond Virden, Curtis Virden,
Survivors include David (Alice) Virden of Glenmoor, Ohio, Richard (Betty) Virden of North Carolina, Gary Virden of Georgia, Sue Williams of Glenmoor, Ohio, Mryle Martin of Rogers, Ohio, Virginia Cochran of East Palestine, Ohio, and Jean Thompson of Tacoma, Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Ramona; daughters Rosemarie Kathryn La Neve of Archbold and Teresa Marie (Alex) Landon of Palm Springs, California; sons James Michael (Carole) La Neve of Lafayette, Ind., Al D. (Rosie) La Neve II of Houston, Texas, Eugene Jacobs (Nathalie) La Neve of Boca Raton, Fla., Mark Edward (Tracey) La Neve of Hubbard, Ohio.
He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Anthony, Christopher, Nicholas, Nicole, Julian, Cameron, Kat, Eleanor, Luca, Gianmarco, and Gianna, and two step-grandchildren, Derek and Julianah.
Survivors also include his brothers, Paul (Edna) La Neve of South Carolina, Ron (Nichy) La Neve of Elkins, W. Va., Edward (Susan) La Neve of Calcutta, Ohio, and sister Joan Martin of Newell, W. Va.
In addition, many nieces and nephews also survive.
Al graduated from high school in Newell, W. Va., and worked as an assistant paymaster for Knowles China in Newell.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Signal Corps from Jan. 6, 1942, until receiving an honorable discharge on Dec. 23, 1945.
He served in the South Pacific Theatre in New Guinea and the Philippines.
He received an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal World War II, and an American Theater Ribbon.
After returning from the War, he returned to work at Knowles China in Newell, W. Va., where he worked as the paymaster, and where he met his wife and mother of his six children, Ethel Virden of East Liverpool, Ohio.
In February 1964, after Knowles China was liquidated by Yoder & Frey, Inc. of Archbold, he was offered a job by Yoder & Frey, Inc. and moved his family to Archbold, where he was office manager.
A few years later, he worked as secretary-treasurer and vice president of Yoder & Frey Auctioneers, Inc. in Archbold.
He was an active member of St. Peter Catholic Church, where he served as eucharist minister, on the parish council, and on the building committee. He donated the altar in the church in memory of his wife, Ethel.
He also contributed to the St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, where he donated in his wife Ethel’s memory the altar and monument of the Good Shepherd, and donated the monument of St. Peter in memory of his parents, Ralph and Rose La Neve and family.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 14, 2012, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold with Father Gary Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Peter Cemetery.
Friends may call at the St. Peter Catholic Church from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday where a scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Peter Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.GrisierFH.com. The Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with arrangements.–Posted 3.11, 3:40 pm