William John Toots Tusin Sr., 85
AUSTINTOWN William John Toots Tusin Sr., 85, formerly of Girard, passed quietly at his home on Friday, Nov., 23, 2007, surrounded by his family.
Toots was born July 20, 1922, the son of Joseph and Rose Pupic Tusin.
He was a tool and die maker, employed by McKenzie Muffler/Oldberg Manufacturing, and later, Commercial Shearing. He retired from Grace Exterminating Co.
Toots loved his country and proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII with Company C HQ BN, General HQ, from March 12, 1943 to December 29, 1945, in the New Guinea, South Philippines and Luzon campaigns. He was a sergeant and was on active guard duty with General Douglas MacArthur at the time of Japans surrender to MacArthur. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
Before serving in the Army, herserved in the CCC and was stationed in Utah.
Toots was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald and was a member of the church choir. He was active with the Boy Scouts, was an avid golfer and was a member of the Camens Senior Golf League in Girard. He loved baseball and football.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Matilda Tusin and Virginia Markovich, brothers Mathew and Walter Tusin, infant grandson Andrew Tusin and daughter-in-law Barbara Tusin.
Toots and his wife, Caroline Suzanne Makar, whom he married July 26, 1947, were honored at a party given by their children in July to celebrate their 60th anniversary and his 85th birthday.
Besides his wife, Toots leaves his sons, William (Jeanette) Tusin Jr. of Youngstown and Michael Tusin Sr. of Austintown; daughters Kathleen (Clifford) Mell of Marietta, Ga., and Eileen (Joe) Catanzaro of Austintown; his brother, Richard Tusin; and sisters Mary Markovich of Poland, Margaret Potkonicky, Caroline Palmer, Helen McVickers and Rosemary Gonda, all of Youngstown.
He also leaves grandchildren William Scott Tusin, William J. (Tammy) Tusin III, and Victoria L. Weiss, all of Georgia, Laura Holt, Joseph N. (Jaime) Catanzaro Jr., Brian Tusin and Michael Tusin Jr., all of Austintown; and step grandchildren Clifford (Julie) and Paul (Louise) Mell of Georgia.
He leaves 10 great-grandchildren, Emilia Holt, Allison, Thomas and Jin Mae Tusin, Katherine Hayes, Joseph P. Catanzaro, Anthony Catanzaro, William Garrett Reese Holt, and Layla and Penelope Tusin; and step great-grandchildren, Jake, Layla, Jessica, Zack and Bradley Mell.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald. There will be prayers at 10:30 a.m. at McClurkin Funeral Home prior to the Mass.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funereal home.
The family would like to thank Forum Health Hospice and its staff, and give a special thank you to Dr. Bhatti, Dr. Barton and Dr. L. Goldstein.