BELOW IS THE REMEMBRANCE OF ERMINIO ORLANDO, AS IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL. ERMINIO WAS ONE OF THE LAST OF THE ORIGINAL FURLANI WHO SETTLED IN DAVENPORT, "SU PER LA COSTA".
May 12, 1921 – Oct. 3, 2016
Resident of Davenport
Services will be private for Erminio Orlando, who died peacefully in his Davenport home on Monday, October 3. The son of Vittoria and Giovanni Orlando, he was born in Zoppola, Italy, and moved to Davenport in 1947.
Like so many Italian immigrants of his time, he was multitalented as a bricklayer, carpenter, electrician and plumber; when a part was needed he often made it himself. At home he enjoyed gardening and crafting items including mechanical wind machines and miniature artificial flower arrangements he gave to friends.
After working several years in agriculture, he became a proud employee of Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company and worked at the Davenport cement plant more than 30 years. He was active in the Marconi Club, Sons of Italy and ICF, rarely missing a group event. A longtime supporter of the Davenport Resource Center, he often brought his homemade wine to share at their bi-monthly Senior Potluck Lunch. He was also remarkably lucky, whether taking top raffle prizes or coming home a winner from casino trips.
His beloved and devoted wife of 55 years, Rosa DeCandido Orlando, was born in Domanis, Italy, and passed away in 2004. The couple loved to travel and visited every U.S. state except Alaska and Hawaii.
He was also preceded in death by brothers Pietro, Artensio and Elio, and nephew John Orlando (survived by wife Virginia). He is survived by sisters-in-law Giovanna Orlando and Alverda Orlando; nieces Luisa Haddad, Lucia Orlando Quan, Rosemarie Holbert and Amy Orlando; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.
Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel is in charge of arrangements
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Davenport Resource Center.
ADDIO ERMINIO. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN --ACROSS IL ULTIMO PONTE