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Rinaldo DelSignore.

HOLDEN - Lieutenant Colonel Rinaldo M. DelSignore, 92, of Holden, former commander of the 181st Combat Engineer Battalion in Whitinsville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 16, in his home with his family by his side.

Mr. DelSignore was born in Worcester, a son of Luigi and Cesidia (Lostracco) DelSignore. He graduated from Worcester North High School in 1938.

He enlisted in the 181st Infantry Regiment and was called to active duty in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, remaining on duty serving in Korea as a company commander with the 223rd Infantry Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division, earning two bronze stars - one for meritorious service and the other for courageous actions under heavy artillery and mortar fire on Heartbreak Ridge.

He returned from Korea and stayed in the Guard, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel while serving in the engineer and infantry battalions. He was also appointed to the Board of the Mass. Military Academy at Camp Curtis Guild, before retiring from the guard in 1970 with 32 years of service.

Among the specialty schools he attended were the Army Infantry School and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and the Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Among his medals he also earned the Combat Infantry Badge and airborne jump wings. He was honored by the Boston Bruins on Jan. 26, 2011, for his 32 years of military service.

He has lived in Holden since 1966. In 1990, he was named an honorary graduate of St. John's High School.

Mr. DelSignore is survived by his wife, partner and best friend of the past 70 years, having celebrated their anniversary on May 23, May E. (Vincent) DelSignore; his four children, Robert P. DelSignore and his wife, Cheryl, of Princeton, Marie E. DeSantis and her husband, Victor, of Sterling, Barbara L. Creelman and her husband, David, of Worcester and Louis P. DelSignore and his wife, Gwynn, of Princeton; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Four brothers, Dr. Augustine, Guerino, Robert and Louis DelSignore, and a sister Emelia Ventresca all predeceased him.

He worked in the construction field all his life. He was a member of Carpenters Union Local 107 and was superintendent for DelSignore Construction Company. He co-owned and operated DelBros Construction before retiring. He was a member of St. Richard of Chichester Church, the Greendale Retired Men's Club and YMCA, the Eastside Post 201 American Legion and the Retired Officers Association.

He enjoyed playing golf, reading, walking, and was a master at crossword puzzles.

His funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 21, from the Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St., with a procession to St. Richard of Chichester Church, 4 Bridge St., Sterling where his Mass was celebrated. Burial with full military honors followed in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton.
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Date:Aug 24, 2012
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