Michael A. “Midge” Zappitelli, age 90, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home and is now reunited with his sweetheart, Elaine.
Midge was born April 8, 1924, in Sant’ Angelo in Grotte, Provincia Di Campobasso, Santa Maria Del Molise, the son of Emil and Dorothy Mucciarone Zappitelli. He came to the United States in March of 1931 at the age of 7. Midge was a 1943 graduate from Conneaut High School and then entered the United States Army on June 17, 1943. He served in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland, where he was awarded four Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged on Jan. 1, 1946. On April 3, 1948, Midge married the love of his life, Elaine Altman.
Midge went to work at the Nickel Plate Railroad for a short time. He then worked as an electrician for the former Electromet, and then RMI Titanium Metals. He retired from the Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Company in 1988, as an Electrician Foreman.
He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, attending St. Frances Cabrini Parish, the American Legion Cowle Post #151, and the former V.F.W. Post #943.
Midge loved sports and played them all. He, along with his younger brother, Carl, were considered two of the premier fast pitch softball pitchers of the 1950’s. He led his team to many county and district championships along with two trips to the state championships. Midge enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was one of Ashtabula County’s top bowlers for many years. He had numerous “300 games” and was very successful in local and state tournaments.
He was a devoted family man and an avid sportsman. He faithfully followed his grandchildren’s school activities and sports. He always supported their every effort and was their loudest cheerleader. Midge was also a CLYO Little League baseball coach for many years with his best friend, Anthony “Flan” Bartone.