on December 5, 2013 - 8:35 PM
Aug. 17, 1923 – Dec. 2, 2013
Ernesto Deganis, a retired auto worker, died Monday in his Lackawanna home. He was 90.
Born in Pola, in a northeastern area of Italy that is now part of Croatia, he graduated from high school, attended college and was trained as a typist and notary.
He worked as a county clerk and, during World War II, served in the Italian navy and fought with Yugoslav partisans.
Mr. Deganis came to the United States in 1951 and became a press operator and die setter at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, retiring after 33 years. He was a member of the United Auto Workers.
A lifelong learner, he took classes in mathematics, English, computer programming and design. He helped build an addition to his home, putting up brick walls and a stone fireplace. His many do-it-yourself projects included assembling a computer. He also was a gardener, a winemaker and a passionate soccer fan.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Rose Campanotto; two sons, Giuliano and Sergio; a daughter, Nancy; a sister, Sergia; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.