SUN PRAIRIE-Arthur Lawrence "Art" Verdecchia, born on Sept. 28, 1927, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, with family members by his side during his final days of his illness.
Art was born in Erie, Pa., where he lived half of his life before moving to Wisconsin in 1970. While living in Erie, he met Helen Lukens and they were married Sept, 24, 1949.
Art's career was with General Telephone Co. where he started as a janitor, then gradually, working his way up the ladder, became an installer-repairman, then moved into management, eventually becoming state service director. During his management years, he was also transferred and assigned to management posts in Indiana and Illinois. Art moved back to Wisconsin in 1990, and he retired from the phone company a short time afterwards. All this was impressive considering Art never finished high school. He was a true role model who believed in working hard to support and provide for his family. Art also served his country in time of war, in the U.S. Navy, during World War II and the Korean War. He was a person who was a giver, not a taker.
Art truly loved his family, his wife, Helen, who passed away in 2002; his three sons; and his three grandchildren. He had a generous heart and gave to several charities. During his retirement years, he was especially fond of collecting model cars as an investment and eventually accumulated enough of them to fill at least several shelves.
During the final seven years of his life, Art was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, which eventually brought him into the care of the staff at Sebring Assisted Care and Memory Care in Coventry Village Retirement Community. Art's family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Sebring and also Agrace HospiceCare for their dedication to giving their dad the best care possible during this final phase of his life.
Art is survived by his three sons, Arthur Jr. of Franklin, Thomas of Asheville, N.C. and Samuel (Debbie) of Poynette; three grandchildren, Jacob, Luke and Amber; and his sister, Linda Gabutti of Erie, Pa., and her children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and his brother, Armand.
A private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, in accordance with the wishes of Art, donations should be made to Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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