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CANFIELD – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church for Mary Francis Scarnecchia, who died May 20, 2013.

Mary was born May 1, 1919, in Youngstown, the daughter of Philomena and Salvatore Capuzello.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by her many friends and family members.

She was married to Angelo Scarnecchia on Sept. 19, 1946, who died July 1, 2004. Her daughter, Phyllis Shorthouse, also preceded her in death on June 6, 2002.

Mary graduated from East High School and attended Youngstown Business College. Her career spanned 35 years. She had early positions at Strauss and Co., downtown Youngstown, as a hosiery and shoe buyer, traveling often to New York. She became personnel director, retiring from Kaufmanns at the Southern Park Mall in 1981.

She loved to travel, especially to the beach and to visit family. She enjoyed playing games with her family and also enjoyed casino trips with her friends. She was a voracious reader and lover of all animals.

She was a former member of St. Edward Parish for over 35 years and dedicated herself to service, including ministry of the Eucharist and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Sacred Heart. She logged over 9000 hours of service at Humility of Mary and Forum Health.

The most enduring memory she leaves is her outward love and kindness to anyone who ever entered her life. Her biggest joys came from being with her family.

Mary will be sadly missed by her son, Jim Scarnecchia and daughter-in-law, Kathy Scarnecchia of Canfield, with whom she resided over the past years. Other surviving family members that will forever cherish her memory include her sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Rocco DeFrances of New Middletown. She also leaves her son-in-law, Arthur Shorthouse of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

She leaves six grandchildren whom she adored, Amy (Anthony) Frattaroli of Irmo, S.C., Jeffrey (Gina) Shorthouse of Myrtle Beach, Suzanne (Paul) Higginbotham of Cranberry Township, Pa., Joseph Shorthouse of Columbia, S.C., Laura Scarnecchia of Kent and Matthew Scarnecchia of Cornersburg.

She was very involved in the lives of her six great-grandchildren and was joyous whenever they visited or she talked with them. These great-grandchildren include Maria, Nicole, and Nina Frattaroli, Giavanna and Grayson Higginbotham, and Jackson Angelo Shorthouse.

She is also survived by numerous and beloved nieces and nephews, including Barbara Bieber, who was a constant presence in Mary’s life, especially during her illness.

Besides her husband and daughter, also preceding Mary in death were her sisters, Rose Jackett and Ann Zerella; and brothers Frank, Nick and John Capuzello.

Friends and family may call today, May 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McCauley Funeral Home and on Friday, May 24, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Canfield from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.

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