John R. Citro, a Bedford resident for 48 years, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2013. He was born September 18, 1925 in New York City to the late Frank and Guiseppina (Grimaldi) Citro. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was proud to be an American and loved his country.
John married the love of his life, Dorothy (Frusciante) Citro on April 8, 1951. He graduated from New York University in 1955 with a BS degree. After working for New York Telephone Company for 40 years, his passion for educating led him to be a substitute teacher at the Fox Lane Middle School. He was admired by students and teachers alike. John enjoyed gardening, U.S. history, reading and photographing and spending time with his family.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Frusciante) Citro of Bedford, NY, his son Michael Citro and his wife, Laura Blau of Bedford, NY, his daughter, Dorothy Citro Speidell and her husband, Peter of Katonah, NY, his son, Thomas Citro of New York City, his daughter, Marianne Citro Flayhan and her husband, Chad of Waccabuc, NY, his sister, Diane Citro of Deer Park, NY, his daughter-in-law, Cassandra Conrad Citro of Pacific Palisades, CA, and his five grandchildren, John William and Marika Citro of Pacific Palisades, CA, Lindsay Speidell of Katonah, NY, Chad and Amanda Flayhan of Waccabuc, NY. John was predeceased by his son, John R. Citro, Jr. and his brothers Frank, Joseph, Carmine and Louis Citro.
Family received friends on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Clark Associates Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford. John will be laid to rest immediately following Mass at St. Francis Cemetery, Mount Kisco, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506.