Arnold Garritano, Jr. Obituary

Arnold (Arnie) Garritano, Jr., 57, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

Arnie was born on April 9, 1964 in Niles, MI to Arnold and Carole (Thompson) Garritano, Sr. He was a 1982 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School. On September 2, 1995 he married Karen French. Arnold also made Byron Center, MI and Maineville, OH his home.

Arnie was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983, but after injury he focused on coaching baseball and softball. Family was of great importance, and he was very proud of his all his children. He was always available to friends and family who needed help, assistance, or to grab breakfast or a beer.

Arnold is survived by his wife Karen; his children, Danny O’Brien of South Bend, August Garritano of South Bend, Rachel Garritano of Atlanta, and Michael Garritano of St. Joseph; his father, Arnold Garritano, Sr., sisters, Annette (Bobby) Forsythe of Benton Harbor and Lynne (Toby) Laubach of Eau Claire; and countless relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carole, in 2009.

Visitation with the family is on Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 5:00-8:00pm at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, August 13, 11:00am, at Holy Maternity Catholic Church in Dowagiac, MI. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Dowagiac. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at 

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