John Arata

Obituary of John Arata

John K. (Jack) Arata, age 91, died peacefully at home on May 12, 2022 following an extended illness with his devoted wife, Deanna, and loving daughter, Sheryl, by his side.

Jack was born in Passaic, NJ on January 6, 1931, to John & Angela Arata (deceased). Jack attended Catholic schools in Rutherford, NJ. An avid NY Yankees fan, he loved baseball and was an outstanding pitcher. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, NJ class of 1948. 

Jack loved his country & joined the US Air Force in 1950, serving 3 years overseas as a radio operator during the Korean War. Following his military discharge in 1954, Jack met his soulmate, Deanna DePalma; they went on to marry in Sacred Heart Church in 1955.

In order to provide for his growing family, Jack's organizational skills and attention to detail led to a successful sales & marketing career in the food business, covering many areas of the country. His engaging personality, quick wit & great sense of humor drew people to him & led to many lifelong friendships.

He moved his family to Danbury, CT in 1972 and to Naperville, IL in 1976 (honing his golf skills along the way). He and Deanna retired to Florida in 2000 & settled in the Heron Creek Golf & Country Club community, North Port, FL in 2001. He was living his dream.

Jack took great pride in his appearance and was an impeccable dresser. He was always ready for a game of golf, bridge, poker, pinochle, or a day at the horse races. He had great card sense, was fun to be around & was highly competitive!

Above all, Jack was a devoted husband, dad, grandpop & great grandpop, whose love of family and belief in God sustained him during the difficult times of life. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten by all who knew & loved him. 

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Deanna, sons Jack & Paul Arata (Michele), daughters Karen Beuning & Sheryl Muzzalupo (Frank), grandsons Jason Beuning (Cheryle), Chris Beuning, Danny Muzzalupo (Ellie), and Michael Arata, granddaughters Alex Ramirez (Ricky), Gabby Eakins (Garret), & great granddaughter Evie Muzzalupo, sisters Beth Lipari, Ginna Lipari, Angie Kords (John) & Carol Dalesandro (Bunky), and many beloved nieces & nephews.

His funeral service will take place on May 24, 2022 at Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 SR-72, Sarasota, FL 34241) at 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Jack's name to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

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Graveside Service

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Hwy 72
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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