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Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

OBITUARY

Enrico Vittorio Castellano

June 9, 1928October 28, 2019

Enrico Vittorio (Victor) Castellano passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 after a brief illness. Victor liked to say he had three lives. His first life began June 9, 1928 in San Fili, Cosenza, Italy, the son of Francesco and Antonietta (Noto) Castellano. He proudly served in the Italian Army after World War 2. For his second life, he settled in Connecticut with his wife Mirella and raised three children, Toni, Robin and Frank. He was an educator and an entertainer. He taught adult education and founded and directed an Italian radio program (Melodie e Ricordi) on WNTY in Southington. That program continues with his son Frank and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Upon his retirement, he began his third life in Florida with his wife, Nunziata (Nancy). He has been in Florida for nearly 30 years and recently moved to Symphony Assisted Living Center. In his short time there, nothing made him happier than to stroll the grounds playing his mandolin and encouraging the residents to sing their favorite tunes. He also loved to shoot pool with his friends at the Senior Center in Boynton Beach. His three lives had one thing in common: music. He learned the mandolin, guitar and other instruments in Italy and brought his love of playing for people to the United States. He gathered up his friends into a band, taught beginners how to play, and loved to listen to musical performers. He played in the Florida Mandolin Orchestra for several years. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mirella, his brothers, Serafino, Francesco and Giovanni and his sisters, Emma, and Enrichetta. In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his children and their spouses, Antonia and Lawrence Jardine, Robin and Christopher Moon, and Frank and Sayuki Castellano all of Connecticut; his grandchildren, Cristina Jardine and her husband Jesse Caputo, Michael Jardine, Asami Castellano, and Pio Castellano; and his great-grandchildren, Bertram Caputo and Beatrix Caputo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Connecticut, New York, Canada, and Italy. He was especially close to Fulvia Pugliese, Dario Castellano, Michele (Mike) Castellano in New York and Piero Storino in Rome, Italy. Victor was full of life and would want everyone to enjoy the “Melodies and Memories” of life.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 31, 2019

Memories

Enrico Vittorio Castellano

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Joan Boggus

November 2, 2019

I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing, I'm sorry to hear your mom's passing . My mom was a very good friend of Mirellas and went to school with you girls Robin you were in my class and Toni and I were in Chorus and did shows with Tom Chute .I haven't seen yous in years. I was Joan Surdam and my mom was Rose D'Aunno Surdam. Hope you remember. I'm now living in Georgia and remarried and happy. Again thinking of you all even Little Frankie as my mom called him. My parents are both deceased too. May God Bless You at this time of sorrow. Love, Joan Boggus

kristy verzaal

October 30, 2019

Victor and his wife Nancy have been my neighbors in Delray Beach for decades. There was nothing nicer than seeing this couple who were inseparable as they would go on long walks, stopping to talk with the neighbors. Nancy spoiled Victor and he catered to her. It will be sad not seeing them as a couple at Ascension Catholic Church on Sunday mornings.

Cristina Jardine

October 30, 2019

June 2018 - celebrating Bisnonno’s 90th birthday!

Cristina Jardine

October 30, 2019

Bisnonno and family, from a Florida visit in June 2018.

Cristina Jardine

October 30, 2019

Nonno Rico, dancing with me at my wedding in 2011.

Dave Castellano

October 30, 2019

Uncle Vic and Ella on one of our trips to Florida in 2015. Many years separated them, but they enjoyed their time together, as you can see by the smiles on their faces.

You will be missed.

-Dave

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY