Paul P. Sasso

Sept. 2, 1922 – March 3, 2013

Paul Sasso passed away from natural causes Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Sun City, Ariz., at the age of 90. Paul was born in Waukesha on Sept. 2, 1922.

He married Averil (Ava), the love of his life, on July 28, 1951, and together they had two children. They lived in Waukesha until they retired and moved to Sun City in 1994. Paul served in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart medal after he was wounded in battle in Italy.

For many years Paul was a member of the “Model A” club and his love of cars was legendary. He took great pride in driving his 1932 Ford Model “A” which he completely restored by himself in his garage. He was the quintessential “handyman” who could build or fix just about anything and usually without reading the manual. Although he never had much formal education, he worked extremely hard – sometimes two jobs at once – so his family would never experience the sort of poverty he had known as a child during the depression.

Paul was a proud member of Local 139, the local Operating Engineers Union. For more than 30 years, he operated large cranes and other heavy equipment on large construction projects throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

After retirement, Paul and Ava enjoyed many happy years together with friends and family playing card, bingo and casino games, golfing and traveling. He also loved TV. On most days he could be found watching golf, football, “Perry Mason,” “Matlock” and old westerns, war and gangster movies featuring the likes of John Wayne, Gene Autry and James Cagney.

He is survived by his two sisters, Nettie and Mamie Caracci; his daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Ron Weller; granddaughter, Stephanie Weller; great-grandchildren, Carson Weller, Leo Jr. and Amari Cobb; his son and daughter- in-law, Phil and Julia Sasso; step-grandchildren, Wei and Jay Shi; and a step-great-granddaughter, Emma Shi.

He will be best remembered by those who knew him best as a very happy, devoted husband and loving father who would do anything for his family and friends. Paul is now reunited for eternity with his lovely wife at the Good Shepard of the Desert Lutheran Church in Sun City, Ariz.