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Dr. Alfonso Strano Passes


Dr. Alfonso Strano, 78, of Springfield, Ill., died Monday, March 13, 2006 at St. John's Hospital during the string of tornadoes that hit the Midwest. Born April 7, 1927, in Ambridge, Penn., Dr. Strano was the son of Domenic and Agata Cuzzopli Strano. He married Marjorie Kidd on August 12, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Dr. Strano first became involved with American Saddlebreds when his daughter, Margaret started taking riding lessons at Antonacci's Wildwood Farm in Riverton, Ill. He held several positions for the Midwest Charity Horse Show over the years, including recently being an associate board member. He considered Midwest Charity Horse Show to be his second family and was well known for his homemade pasta sauce served at the show's Friday night Italian dinner.

Dr. Strano graduated from Hiram College in 1950 and went on to earn his master's degree from Duquesne University, his doctorate of Pathology from the University of Oklahoma and his medical doctorate from the University of Texas. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Springfield, Ill.; daughter, Margaret Strano of Springfield, Ill.; two brothers, Michael Strano of Baden, Penn., and Joseph Strano of Ambridge, Penn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial was Saturday, March 18 in Ambridge, Penn. where his family first immigrated and where he grew up after coming from Italy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Midwest Charity Horse Show, PO Box 9828, Springfield, IL 62791 or St. John's Hospital.

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