Nino M. Testa
"Then & Now"
Nino M. Testa, age 86 of Ravenna, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He was born January 2, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Angelo and Maria (Scarpitti) Testa.
His journey began on Red Brush Road in Ravenna where he and his family had a produce farm. After high school Nino joined the Merchant Marines. He along with his three brothers served at the same time during World War II. Upon returning from the service the brothers along with sister, Hilda raised chinchillas while helping with the farm. The journey continued to Arizona where Nino and his brother, Americo purchased a ranch and raised cotton for the government. They worked the 2,400-acre ranch for five years. Nino and his brother decided to return home after missing family and start Testa Brothers Excavating with Pete and Chris. From earth moving to construction, the four brothers left their mark on Ravenna, Kent and surrounding areas. Nino was always so proud of the field and track he put in for Kent Roosevelt High School.
He always said his journey back to Ohio was meant for him to meet the love of his life, Carol. They were married in 1961 and enjoyed 52 years of marriage. His greatest joy in life was being in the company of his loving wife, 3 daughters, son-in-laws and 10 grandchildren. Nino is survived by his wife Carol, daughters: Gia (Nick) Iarussi, Lisa (Steve) Sferra, and Maria (Pete) Hanson; grandchildren: Stephen, Marisa, Dominic, Anthony, Antonio, Nicholas, Michael, Lauren, Luke, and Liliana; brother Americo Testa, sister Hilda Mendiola, and sister-in-law Christine Testa, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, and brothers Pete and Chris Testa.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend with the gentlest spirit and accepting smile. He set an example of profound faith and loving devotion to the Blessed Mother and her son Jesus. He felt their guidance and grace that led him through a very blest life. Nino was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and a member of the Carovillese Club of Akron.
His hobby of wine making won him many awards and he passed that knowledge on to his daughters and son-in-laws. He loved canning peppers, eggplant and tomato sauce. It was a yearly family occurrence. He had a passion for landscaping and gardening.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Rubin and Dr. Ken Wells for their exceptional care for so many years. We also would like to thank the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service in Fairlawn for their support and loving care. A special thanks to our earth angel Joyce Myers for her prayers through many difficult times. And for Neeta and MaryJo for the times they spent praying with Nino. Our love and thanks to Ana for her guidance and constant help. We thank his sister, Hilda whom he loved very much for her help during this difficult time. To all of our family and friends thank you for your love and support. He will be sadly missed by all.
Friends will be received Sunday, December 1, 2013, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend William Kraynak at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 2, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church, 409 W. Main St., Ravenna. Final resting place will be in Helena, Montana.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. Memorial contributions may be sent to Immaculate Conception Church, 409 W. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266 or Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Center for Loss and Hope, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, OH 44333.
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 11-30-13 & 12-1-13)