Agostino “August” Asturi
On Tuesday, October 25th, Agostino “August” Asturi passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord. He was born on May 3, 1920, in Maierato, Italy and at the age of 14 emigrated to the United States. August is now reunited with his beloved and late cherished wife of 73 years, Rose (Ionadi), and son, Reverend Father Bruno Asturi, his loving parents, Bruno Asturi and Giuseppa (Serrao), his brothers Joseph and Baby Bruno, sisters Maria Liberto (Gesse), and Cristina Didiano (Domenic). August was drafted into the United States Army for service in World War II. He fought in five campaigns - Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe, earning a Good Conduct Medal, an American Defense Service Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a silver star, a World World II Victory Medal, an Honorable Service Lapel Button, a Marksman Badge with carbine bar, and a silver service star and he was honorably discharged on November 2, 1945. Upon returning home, “Augie” joined the Carpenters’ Union Local 432 where he has been an active member for 76 years. Augie’s craftsmanship remains part of many Pittsburgh landmarks and residences, his handiwork emphasizing his work as a master carpenter. Augie was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife Rose until her death three years ago. Augie liked to hunt in Pittsburgh and as a snowbird in Pompano Beach, Florida, spent many days fishing and enjoying the warm weather. In recognition of his 100th birthday, May 3rd, 2020 was proclaimed as “Agostino Asturi Day” in Allegheny County. Augie is survived by his first cousins Palma Silvaggio and Corrine Petrina, sister-in-law Marguerite Ionadi and many nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday October 27, from 3-7p.m. Funeral Friday, October 28, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Jude Parish-St. Raphael Church 10a.m.