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Aurelio “Ray” Solimini

Aurelio “Ray” Solimini, 74, of Old Forge, passed away on Monday, March 6th at Geisinger CMC Hospital, Scranton. Born in Brooklyn NY, Ray was the son of the late John and Rose (Panpino) Solimini.

Ray was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, Duryea. He graduated from St. John’s High School, Brooklyn NY. After high school, Ray joined the US Navy and served for four years. He worked many years for the Boar’s Head Meat Company and retired from Maple Crest Housing Development, Maryland as a maintenance supervisor. After retirement, he was a co-owner and operator along with his son Sal in the antique furniture business they owned, Paradise Antiques, in Taylor, PA. Ray was a social member of the Old Forge VFW and the Old Forge American Legion. Ray was known for his great sense of humor. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons, Michael and Mark Solimini, and his brother, Anthony.

Ray is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Connie (LaFonte) Solimini; his children, Christopher of Jessup, Sal Solimini and his companion, Ann Marie Lavelle of Avoca, and Elizabeth Solimini and her companion, Christine Poncavage of Duryea. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Morgan, Mason, and John; a great-granddaughter, Adelina; his brothers, Joseph and his wife, Shirleen of Clarks Summit, John and his wife, Joan of FL; his sister, Mary Ann Koreck of Waymart; and many nieces and nephews..

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 10th at 9:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 10:00am at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Stephenson St., Duryea with Fr. John V. Polednak officiating. Friends may call on Thursday evening, March 9th from 5-8pm. Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of the family of Ray Solimini.

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