Cartano, Jeffrey L.96
Jeffrey L. Cartano, 62, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family after a very short fight against liver cancer (not cirrhosis). A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday at Gilligan’s from 1 to 6 p.m. Friends may call at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Jeff was born April 16, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, to John and Erma (McNulty) Cartano. He played all sports in school and received many awards starting in grade school. After graduating, he attended Ellsworth Junior College on a football scholarship.
Jeff co-owned and operated The Bitchen Kitchen, with his life partner, Vicky, where he was known for his amazing and delicious food. He was a member of the Iowa Pyrotechnies Association and the Eagles Club. He played pool in CR Pool Leagues for 30 years. Jeff loved playing poker, fishing, camping, canoeing, firework shows, road trips, live music (especially his daughter, Janelle), Bingo and PBR.
Jeff is survived by his life partner and best friend for 30 years, Vicky Lyon; his mother, Erma J. Cartano; daughters, Janelle (Gerard) Lauer and Sasha (Jamie) Lerch; son, Shay (Melissa) Lyon; and grandchildren, Savannah, AJ, Shayla, Jacob, Haven, Seth, Sadie and Jace.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Guy Cartano.
Jeff will be greatly missed by many friends and family. A special thanks to Mercy Hospice for all their help and support.
A memorial fund has been set up in Jeff’s name.
Please leave an online condolence for the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.