HENRY "ENRICO" ALTADONNA
SEPT 1, 1923 – APR 13, 2014
Henry Altadonna, 90, of Modesto, went to his final resting place on Sunday, April 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Cirillo and Vincenza Altadonna. At the age of seven, Enrico moved to Carini, Sicily, where he spent the next seven memorable years. He returned to New York at the age of fourteen traveling with a family friend on the ship Vulcania. His father enrolled him in high school where he thrived and learned the English language.
Eventually, Henry worked for American Airlines and during a California vacation met Maria, the love of his life. He enlisted in the army during which they corresponded daily. After his discharge, they were married on July 7, 1947 in Modesto and then moved to New York for eight years. Henry decided to attend cosmetology school which became his lifelong career. The family moved to Modesto in 1955. In 1963, Henry opened a beauty shop "Enrico's Coiffures" with partner Helen Lazar.
After 40 years, he retired to enjoy spending time with his family and especially being "Nonno" to his grandsons. Henry believed that love and family were the essence of life. He was passionate about enjoying life to the fullest and evident in the pride he took in his fruit and vegetable garden, cooking quality meals and baking his famous bread. Music was also an integral part of his life whether listening to it or dancing with his Mary. Also known for his sense of humor, Henry was always ready to make people smile and feel welcome.
Henry is survived by his children Vivian (Robert) Jones of Oakdale, Henry A. (Sharrie) Altadonna of Modesto, grandsons Jeffrey Jones, Gregory (Katie) Jones, great grandson Jake Henry Jones, and siblings Louis (Emilia) Altadonna and Amelia Cutietta. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents and six siblings.
Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, at Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson, with a Rosary at 6pm. A Mass will be at 10am on Thursday, April 24th, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Modesto, with a burial to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice or charity of choice.