Peter " Pete" Joseph Molinaro Jr., 88, of Danbury, husband of Mildred (Knapp) Molinaro, died July 29, 2013, at the Filosa Nursing Home in Danbury.

He was born March 10, 1925, to the late Peter and Filomena Molinaro Sr. in Norwalk.

He was known to greet others with a smile and was quick with a laugh. He was a hard working, devoted family man with many friends. Nothing gave him greater pleasure then to be around his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed cooking, playing golf, bowling, and watching his favorite teams, the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, on television.

He grew up in the Beaver Brook neighborhood of Danbury, where he attended local schools.

In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a technical sergeant in the 142nd Ordnance Company in France and Germany.

In the early 1950s, he started work as a clerk in the Danbury Post Office, working his way up to his final position as assistant postmaster, before retiring in 1986 after over 35 years.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by a daughter, Martha, and her husband, Clifford LoDolce, of New Milford; a son, Kevin, and his wife, Leslie Molinaro, of Fairfield, Penn.; three grandchildren, Megan LoDolce, of New Haven, Monica Sackandy, of Ellington, and Nicholas Molinaro, of Plymouth, N.H.; four great-granddaughters, Molly, Ava, Isla and Farrah; a brother, George, and his wife, Elaine Molinaro, of New Milford; two sisters, Nancy Pitcher and Theresa Molinaro, of Danbury; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frank W. Molinaro and Anthony Molinaro.

Burial with military honors was at St. Peter Cemetery in Danbury.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

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