John Arena, beloved father, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. He was born on February 23, 1921 to the late Vincent Arena and Theresa Gedione in Brooklyn, NY.
He is predeceased by the late Anne Arena, his wife of 57 years. He is survived by his nine children, William Arena, of Concord, CA, Paul Arena and wife Denise, of Rome, NY, Timothy Arena, of New York, NY, Daniel Arena and wife Darlene, of Baldwinsville, NY, Laura and Karim Salama, of Frisco, TX, Edward Arena and wife Maria, of Rome, NY, Chris Arena, of Sapulpa, OK, Celine and husband Joe Sopata, of Springfield, VA, and Ellen Nicole Arena, of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
John served in the U.S. Navy and moved to Rome in 1953 where he was employed at Griffiss Air Force Base until his retirement. A former chairman of the Central New York Right to Life Federation, he was named as that group’s "Pro-Life Person of the Year" in 1978. His involvement in the cause continued for more than three decades. He will be remembered for his boundless energy, love of travel and faith in God.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Good Council Church, Verona, NY. Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Rome. Friends may call at Strong and Burns Funeral Home, 401 N. George St., on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Arena Family, c/o Celine Sopata, 6703 Harwood Place, Springfield, VA 22152.