Armando James "Mindo" Tarsi

Tarsi-ArmandoArmando James "Mindo" Tarsi, age 90 of Danbury, husband of the late Adele (Alhage) Tarsi, died at Danbury Hospital on Friday, July 25th. Mindo was born in Danbury on September 10, 1923, a son of Alessandro and Rosa (Eppoliti) Tarsi. He lived in Danbury his entire life. He attended St. Peter's School and Danbury High School. After Pearl Harbor, he attempted to join the Marines, but was turned down due to high blood pressure. The United States Army drafted him two years later in February 1943. While in the Army Air Force, he showed aptitude in Morse code and was recommended as a radio operator for the Army Air Corp training in Kansas, Wisconsin, Florida and New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Mindo was assigned to the B-29 bomber Crew#74 “City of Milwaukee” 93rd squadron, 19th bomb group, and 314th wing 20th Air Force North Field, Guam and Saipan. His first mission was on March 9, 1945, “the famous fire-bombing of Tokyo”. During their seventh mission, their plane encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire over Japan. Heavily damaged, they were unable to make it back to their base and had to make an emergency landing on Iwo Jima while the Marines were still fighting for the island. Mindo and the crew of The City of Milwaukee flew a total of 26 missions over Japan and were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with two clusters. Mindo was also awarded the Victory Medal, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal.

After the war, Mindo returned home and married the love of his life, Adele Alhage, in November of 1945. Mindo was involved in Danbury Athletics working as a referee, playing football for the Barbary Coast, and as a coach. He was inducted into the Danbury Old-Timers Association in 1997. After working at the Frank Lee Hat Factory, Mindo became a Danbury police officer until his retirement in 1970. He is credited as one of the founding members of the Danbury Police Union. After his retirement from the police force, Mindo worked at Lathrop Lawnmower Shop, as a tape librarian at Grolier Enterprises, and as a driver for Sweetheart Bus.

Mindo is survived by his children, Ronald Tarsi and his wife, Elaine of Columbus, Ohio, Rosemary Pardalis and her husband, Thomas of New Fairfield, and Alan Tarsi and his wife, Lisa of Danbury. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amy Tarsi of Columbus, Ohio, Joel Pardalis and his wife Emily of Danbury, Christopher Tarsi and his wife Melissa of Columbus, Ohio, Alison Pardalis of Parkville, Maryland, Craig Tarsi, Andrea Tarsi, and Justin Tarsi of Danbury. He is also survived by his six great-grandchildren: Abigail, Kylie, Jacob, Anthony, Avery and Sofia Adele. Mindo is also survived by his sisters-in-law Anna Tarsi, Ida Kilcourse and her husband, Richard, and June Dimyan and her husband, George along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Aldo, Dino, and Americo and his sister, Theresa Baldelli.

Mindo was a devoted Catholic and a member of Saint Edward the Confessor Church of New Fairfield for 50 years. As a promise to God for a safe return home from the service he attended church and received communion every Sunday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM in St. Edward the Confessor Church, New Fairfield.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury will military honors.

The family will receive friends at the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 5 PM to 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made in his name to the church of his cherished godson, Pastor Gary Baldelli, His Vineyard Christian Fellowship; 2 Vail Rd, Bethel CT. 06801 or to a charity of your choice.

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