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John Crisalli

Posted: Monday, Apr 8th, 2013




John Crisalli aka: “The Cheesecake Man,” age 90, of Paso Robles, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013 in Templeton.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1922 in Lodi, N.J. to his parents, Giuseppe Crisalli and Maria. 

John was the sixth of nine children. He married Edith in Smithville, S.C. on June 24, 1946. They had two children. He attended school in Brooklyn. He served in the 5th Army AirCorp for three years. A veteran of World War II, he earned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal.

He was a resident of Chet Dotter Senior Housing Apartment for four years. He was employed by Good Will Industries after he retired from being self-employed as a butcher most of his life, then dabbled in life and health insurance and real estate as an appraiser and salesman. John was a member of American Legion Post 50, VFW Post 10965 and was Commander of VFW from 2004 to 2006.

He enjoyed playing pool, baking cheese cakes, swing dancing, reproducing old pictures using his computer and e-mail and Facebook.


John will be remembered by his loving daughters, Phyllis Pascale (Jim McLain) and Penny Crisalli and grandchildren: Davin, Phillip (Victoria) and Darla.

He is also survived by great-grandsons Anthony Michael and Phillip Giovanni and Brandon Cantrell and great-great-grandson Kylen Cantrell.

He is survived by his oldest sister Angelina (Ann), oldest brother Francis (Frank) and younger brother Emmanuel. John is predeceased in death by his wife of 53 years Edith, older brother, Dominick (Nick), older sister, Julia (Jay), younger sister, Silvia and youngest brother, Alberto (Al).

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service for John at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home, 1703 Spring St., Paso Robles.

For the complete article see the 04-09-2013 issue.

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