YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Louis Salreno passed way Tuesday, April 11 at the age of 91.
Louis was born in Youngstown on October 2, 1925, to his parents, James and Mary Allegrette Salreno.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the final two years of World War II. He returned home to finish high school and graduated from Chaney High School in 1947 and attended Youngstown College.
He was a member of St. Anthony Church and served as a financial clerk and usher. Louis also spent many hours in the church garden planting and harvesting vegetables for St. Anthony pizza.
From 1949 to 1952 Louis was a professional baseball player on the New York Yankees Minor League Affiliates. He played in 262 games and was known as a powerful hitter. He had 842 times at bat, 13 home runs and a batting average of 294. He slid into home plate, scored the run and broke his ankle, which ended his baseball career.
For the next 35 years, he worked as a welder for Youngstown Steel Door.
He was a devout Catholic and lived his life with traditional Christian values, faith and dedication to his family. Over the years, he enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with his family. He loved to tell stories about life events, his childhood and his family.
Louis is survived by his daughter, Mary Salreno; his son, James (Maria) Salreno; his brother, Donald (Helene) Salreno; his grandchildren, Louis (JoAnne) Salreno, Katelyn Salreno, Christina Gray, Santino Salreno and great-grandchild, James Salreno.
Louis was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Skarote Salreno, whom he married on October 15, 1955; his parents; his brothers, Anthony Salreno, Joseph Salreno and his twin brother, James Salreno and his sisters, Rose Salreno and Angela Hamrock.
Family and friends will gather from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 in St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
A television tribute will air April 14 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.