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"Due to the impending snow storm, Calling Hours and The Funeral Mass Have Been Changed To Thursday, 4 to 8 and Friday St. Thomas 10 AM "
Sylvio L. “Babe” Spinola, beloved husband of the late Alice Horan Spinola, passed away at the Norwalk Hospital on Saturday, March 3, surrounded by his loving family. He was 92. Babe was born in Norwalk on October 13, 1925, the son of the late Pasquale and Anna Manzi Spinola and has lived here all of his life. He was a veteran of WW II, having served in the 6th Marine Division in the South Pacific and participated in the Battle of Okinawa. He had worked for the Hat Corp of America, Spinola Brothers Landscaping and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Babe was a dedicated family man who loved spending time with his family, especially Sunday dinners. He also loved the beach, was an avid book reader and puzzle enthusiast. In his younger years Babe was an avid football and baseball player, mostly with the Strawberry Hill A.C. He was well known throughout Fairfield County with youth baseball. He had a natural gift for coaching and was a cornerstone of the American Little League which became the Babe Spinola American Little League. He was also a longtime member of the South Norwalk Boat Club.
Survivors include two sons and their wives; Donald Spinola and his wife Heidi of Wilton, William Spinola and his wife Penny of Norwalk, daughter-in-law Debbie Spinola, sister Viola Fretina, grandchildren Carli Lee and Kallie Spinola, step-grandchildren Simone Spinola, Nick, Christy, Ernie and Stephen Marsan, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife and parents, Babe is predeceased by his oldest son Thomas P. Spinola, his brothers Sergio, Lawrence, Frank and Salvatore Spinola, his sisters Anna Spinola, Rose Krysiuk and Molly Goodchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 10 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery. Babe’s family will receive friends at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Thursday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Norwalk Little league, P.O. Box 367, Norwalk, CT, 06852 (http://www.norwalkctlittleleague.com