Born in Meriden on March 2, 1927, he was the son of the late Alphonse and Angelina (Comparato) Cerasale. He lived all his life in Meriden and was a graduate of St. Rose Parish School, Horace Wilcox Technical School and Meriden High School. Mr. Cerasale worked as a machinist at New Departure, Hyatt-Bearing Division of General Motors for 36 years, before retiring on July 1, 1987. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, UAW member # 987 and # 626, and was a Golden Age Eagle member of the Meriden Eagles Aerie 720. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 45 and a member life of VFW Post 585. Libby was also a member of the Antique Veterans of Meriden, a member of the Meriden Senior Citizens, the National Association and Meriden AARP # 4644 and # 2954, and a life member of Sampson World War II US Navy Veterans .
He is survived by the following members: his daughter, MaryJane Cerasale Ryan of Port St. Lucie, FL; daughter, Karen Cerasale Scala (Louis) of Meriden; son Dr. Mark Cerasale, Ed.D., LCDR, USCG (Ret.) (Audrey) of Oviedo, FL; son, Gary Cerasale (Dawn) of Indianapolis, IN; granddaughters, Mandi Scala Kuster (Frank) of Meriden, Mindi Scala-Sanders (Jamie) of Palm Coast, FL and grandson Nile Scala (Farah) of Middletown, CT; granddaughters, Kasey Cerasale Estepp (Eric) of West Melbourne, FL and Megan Cerasale Robinson (Paul) of Oviedo, FL; grandson Dr. Matthew Cerasale (Dr. Kaleigh Evans) of Oak Park, IL and granddaughter Ellen Cerasale Noone (Kevin) of Chicago, IL; great-grandchildren, Bailey Scala Sanders, Teddy and William Robinson, John Alphonse (Jack) Cerasale, Bennett and Carter Scala, Elizabeth Estepp; brothers, Alphonse Cerasale, Jr (Lois) and Emidio Cerasale (Maryann); sisters, Rosemarie Cerasale Murtagh and Teresa Cerasale Hourigan; also survived by several nieces and nephews; he was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude G. Cerasale, his son-in-law Robert Ryan and his special friend Jeanne M. Verselli.
The family would like to thank the staff at Connecticut Baptist Homes for the exceptional care they have provided to Libby over the past 4 years. The establishment has become family-friendly from the first day it was there and it is a place where “everyone knows your name”.
There will be no calling hours. Anyone who wishes can attend a Christian funeral mass on Monday, August 30 at 10 a.m. at Notre-Dame-des-Anges Church, Saint Joseph Church, 22 Goodwill Ave., Meriden. Masks will be compulsory in the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, 109 Goodwill Ave, Meriden, CT 06450, or at Connecticut Baptist Homes, 292 Thorpe Ave, Meriden, CT 06450.
Interment with military honors will take place in the SacrÃ©-CÅur cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. For a full obituary and online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.
Published by The Record-Journal on August 22, 2021.