NILES - Louis Marney Nicastro, 91, of Niles, died peacefully at 10:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Autumn Hills Care Center in Niles.
He was born July 23, 1922, in Niles, the son of Lorenzo and Theresa Covino Nicastro.
Louis was a 1940 graduate of Farrell High School and a 1949 graduate of Westminster College with a master's degree in business.
He taught at Youngs-town South and Chaney High schools, where he developed the Co-Operative Office Education programs with more than 300 members. Louis also taught business courses at Youngstown College and Youngstown State University.
He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the 113th Calvary and 125th Reconnaissance Squad, who along with his armored car crew, led the two-day invasion with Gen. George Patton from St. Lo, France, to Paris. He received many medals for his service during the war.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, and started the first boys basketball team for Mount Carmel School and was a Niles Little League Baseball manager.
He was an avid traveler and lead tours around the world for Youngstown AAA.
His favorite hobby and passion was singing. He especially enjoyed singing with the Westminster College Alumni Chorus, Youngstown Symphony, Girard Concert and Swingtime band. He started singing in the 1940s and palled around with Frank Sinatra, who provided him coaching and several singing opportunities. He recorded several CDs of big band hits and singing appearances with the Top Notes and Smoothies.
His past memberships include the Farrell American Legion, Farrell Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Youngstown Education Association and The Mahoning and Youngstown Retired Teachers Association. He was recently inducted into the Farrell Area School District Alumni Association's Hall of Fame.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Josephine Infante Nicastro, whom he married Aug. 26, 1950; a son, Lawrence Nicastro of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Marnie Nicastro of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kira Nicastro and Kristin Nicastro; a brother, Pat (Marie) Nicastro of Brookfield; two sisters, Anne White of Sharpsville, Pa., and Jane (Robert) Hudak of Venice, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, Pete Julian of Brookfield.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Julian.
Friends may call from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles with the Rev. John-Michael Lavelle officiating, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery, where Louis will be honored for his military service by The Girard Veterans Council Honor Guard.
Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.