TABACCHI, Ferruccio, 91, a life-long resident of Adena, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Ohio Valley Medical Center on May 19, 2012.
He was born Aug. 30, 1920, in Adena, to Joseph and Anna Maria Tabacchi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jenny; and his brother, Deno.
Ferruccio is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Miric Tabacchi; a daughter MaryAnn (Frank) Zeroski, Adena; a son, Joseph Tabacchi, St. Clairsville; two grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Zeroski Rose, Taylor Mill, Ky.; and Frank (Kaydee) Zeroski, Adena; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Brody Zeroski; and a great-granddaughter due to arrive this summer.
He was a 1938 graduate of Adena High School. After graduation he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), where he spent time at Yellowstone National Park. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a C-47 troop carrier pilot, flying missions across Europe where he received four air medals.
After the war he worked for several area coal companies, spending most of his career at Y&O Nelms 2 in Hopedale, Ohio. He retired in 1983 but remained a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), recently receiving his 70-year membership pin. He was a member of the Adena American Legion Post 525, and an avid gardener who was happiest when he was outside tending to his garden.
Visitation will be at Borkoski Funeral Home, Adena, on Tuesday, May 22, from 2-8 p.m. A military funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at Borkoski Funeral Home with Monsignor John Kolesar officiating.
Burial will immediately follow at Olive Branch Cemetery in Harrisville, Ohio.
Memorial donations may be made to the Adena Emergency Medical Service, Adena Volunteer Fire Co., or a charity of the donor's choice.