YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Rudolph “Rudy” Potesta, 88, of Cleveland, Georgia, formerly Youngstown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Born on May 5, 1932 in Youngstown to Andrew and Modestine (Donofrio) Potesta, he was proud to have grown up in Smokey Hollow, Youngstown.
Rudy was called the “godfather of Innsbruck” by his neighbors in the community. He was a gentle soul, loved by everyone who knew him. He was a great storyteller who was always ready with a story in the blink of an eye. His Italian heritage was so important to his charm and humor.
Rudy took great pride in his military service during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in combat.
After settling in South Florida as a plumber at the suggestion of his wife, Pat, Rudy worked to obtain his master’s plumbing license and later became vice president of Oriole Homes Corporation. During that time he also became president of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of Florida and eventually opened his own plumbing business.
After his retirement, he and Pat moved to the Georgia Mountains, where they built a house in Innsbruck. Here, with its many neighbors, the true legend of the godfather was created.
Rudy took up pottery in retirement and became a skilled craftsman whose work is valued. Today his pottery can be found in many homes across the country. He took great pleasure in selling his creations, but even more in giving his work as a gift that others would enjoy and cherish.
Rudy leaves behind his loving wife Pat and their children; The families of Diane and Joe Peduto. Cathi and Mark Strout, Philip and Rhona Baker, Andrew Potesta, Mark and Gail Baker, Dennis and Beverly Baker, and Maria and Mike Fisher. Rudy also has 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren who, along with his sister Rose Montwori and a number of nieces and nephews, can continue his legacy.
In addition to his parents, a grandson, Drew, dies before Rudy; his two brothers Eugene and Anthony Potesta and his sister Mary Rossi.
A funeral mass was held at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Georgia on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Memorial donations go to Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 1243 Hulsey Road, Cleveland, GA 30528.
The arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the undertaker Rossi & Santucci, 4221 Market Street, Boardman.
Family and friends can visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to sign the guest book and send their condolences to Rudy’s family.
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A TV tribute will air on Monday April 19 at approximate times: 6:43 a.m. WYTV, 9:32 a.m. WKBN, 10:58 a.m. FOX, and 8:12 p.m. MyYTV.