Arthur David Provenzano – reunited with his wife and joined His Lord and Savior on Sunday September 30, 2018 at LifeCare Center of Red Bank. Art was born December 8, 1923 in Gary Indiana to parents Vincenzo and Teresa (Molinaro) Provenzano. Art graduated from Emerson High in Gary, IN. At the age of 19 yrs. he joined the US Army Corp. of Engineers as a PFC participating in WWII. He was involved in The Normandy Invasion and several major battles in Belguim, France, and Germany throughout The War.
Upon his return, he obtained an associate degree in Engineering. He met and fell in love with Norma Anne Zoumis, making her his wife on October 12, 1946. Art began working at Combustion Engineering in East Chicago, IN in 1950 as an Engineer. He and his family were transferred to Chattanooga in 1956 where Art worked as a Nuclear Engineer, a Nuclear Security Officer and was a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Art retired in 1982, he and his wife enjoyed travelling to many places throughout the world.
At 26 yrs. old, Art began a ministry working with teenagers at Holy Rosary Church, in Gary, IN. He was widely known and gained great satisfaction from his work with teens, especially those who needed a positive influence and a reason to stay off the streets. This experience influenced his years of work in the Catholic Youth Organization in Gary and Chattanooga. Each year the organization provided their time and talents to present an annual production of the “CYO show” at the Tivoli Theater. He touched the lives of many teens and most remember his famous “whistle”! He considered himself a second dad too many.
Art was a devout Catholic and a member of OLPH and St. Jude Churches. He served as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister, Parrish Council Member, Knight of Columbus, on the National Council of Catholic Men. Art joined the Knights of Columbus in July of 1946, and in Chattanooga he became a 4th degree knight at The Exemplification in 1959, in Nashville, TN. He was active in K of C councils 610 & 8576, holding many offices. As one of the oldest knight in Chattanooga, he was recognized for his involvement many times.
Art and Anne volunteered for years with OLPH and Notre Dame Schools. Their work earned them each a “ND letter” for their dedicated service. For a period of 15 years, (1972 – 1987) Art and Anne owned and operated Mr. “P’s” restaurant located in Northgate Mall. It became a well known place for friends to gather and music groups to get their start. Many of the regular customers stopped him on the street for years to follow, wanting to know when he would re-open the establishment.
Art’s humble nature, saw the good in all men and he gave to others without hesitation and always with love. He and Anne believed with all their heart that love conquers all things and were always ready to share themselves with so many. He loved his children, adored his grandchildren and was in awe of his great grandchildren. He did not miss a ballgame, wrestling match, cross country meets or a dance performance. He was the smile behind the camera. Those of you who knew him best, referred to him as Papu because he truly considered everyone a part of his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife Anne Provenzano (7 mo. ago); parents Vincenzo and Teresa Provenzano; Lois Simunic (sister), Fred Simunic (brother in law), Edith Schweitzer (sister), Bob Schwietzer (brother in law).
Art is survived by so many who love him; son, Vince (Monica) Provenzano, daughter, Teresann ‘Terri” (Rob) Sentell. His grandsons: Brent (Christy) Sentell, Brian Provenzano, Matthew (Amber) Provenzano and granddaughter, Kristen Sentell Robinson (Tommy). His great-grandchildren, Ella and Lily Sentell, Jack and Sybil (Birdie) Robinson, Thatcher and Laney Provenzano. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Affectionately known as Papu or Mr. P to so many, he will be missed.
The family would like to thank LifeCare of Red Bank staff for the extreme compassion and kindness shown to Art. They loved on him, joked with him, talked to him, brought him coffee, even hugged and kissed him letting him call them sweetheart. There are too many names to mention but each of them know the special bond they had with him and we are very grateful.
The family will receive friends at St. Jude Catholic Church on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with the funeral mass starting at 12:30. Interment will take place in Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson, TN.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to St. Jude Catholic Church 930 Ashland Terrace, Hixson, TN. 37415.
Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415, 877-3534, www.lanefh.com