June 9, 1930 – February 20, 2021
Alfio "Fred" Toscano passed away unexpectedly February 20, 2021 at the age of 90. Beloved father to Michael ( Diane) Toscano, The late Patrick (Rita) Toscano, Kathleen (Richard) Ludwig and Susan (late Bruce Brockman) Cross. Loving grandfather "Nanu" to Katie (Bob) Maness, Mike (Jaimie) Toscano, Gina and Jessica Toscano, Sara Cross and great grandfather "Big Nanu" to Parker and Ella Maness, Genevive Toscano, Antonio Toscano, Blake and Camden Krafft.
He is preceded in death by his fiancé Denise Hessler, and former wife Mickey Toscano.
He was the oldest brother of the late Anne "Bella" (Joe) Insalaco, the late Nick ( late Virginia) Toscano, Margaret (Louis) Marnati and the late Mary "Cathy" (late Ron) Hayden. He is a beloved and unforgettable uncle, great uncle, great great uncle, godfather, "club house cousin", cousin and friend to many.
He was the son of the late Sam "Yano" and Katie (Dalba) Toscano, born at home on Cooper Street (now Marconi), delivered on June 9, 1930, by the Hill midwife, Mrs. Volpi. He was forever proud of and grateful for his Sicilian heritage and upbringing and he possessed a remarkable knowledge of the early days of the Hill and family history that he loved to share. He was a true visionary, an entrepreneur and a renaissance man starting with his early days working with his parents at Toscano's Market on Macklind Avenue. In the 1950's when a big chain grocery store opened on Southwest Ave, threatening the small family grocery stores on the Hill, he came up with the idea to make homemade ravioli from the old Toscano family recipe and sell it in the store, thus beginning "Mama Toscano's Ravioli" which saved the family business, endures today and is known around the country.
He moved on from there, becoming a beautician and owning "Mr. Alfio Coiffures" and later an Italian restaurant and a beauty school. His vision encompassed others and he was responsible for encouraging family members to pursue very successful career paths. He accomplished so much in his 90 years and never stopped coming up with new & innovative business ideas. Those treasures, his wisdom and his wit will be greatly missed.
The family will be receiving guest for a visitation on Friday, February 26, 2021, from 4 - 7pm, at Calcaterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110. There will be Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 5130 Wilson Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 am with a burial to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1515 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, Missouri 63125.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Rhea (GiGi always to Alfio) Dalba, Pretto
February 26, 2021
Will miss you ... I use to run into you all the time dancing at different locations. I was your receptionist at "Alfio's for a while. you were a hoot to work for. You were our oldest cousin and much loved. You are now with those you loved...party on Fred.
February 25, 2021
Freddie and Mickey were our best friends. Without a doubt, Mama Toscano ravioli are the absolute best. We shared a 4 family rental with them on South Grand. Many memories when we were all in our twenties. Condolences to the Toscano children from Frank (deceased) and Lee Vitello.
February 24, 2021
While working for Alfio, as a teen, I heard many funny limericks, bits of Italian songs, some advice (and commands) from a generally jolly man. Over the decades, we were always happy to occasionally see each other.
I think I bought my first car (yellow Pinto) from Alfio. Sure would have preferred his yellow 914!