YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Christine Church for Anna Marie (Baldelli) Garcia, 86, who was escorted to Heaven by angels on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family and her sweet cat, Bunny.
Ann was born in Youngstown on July 9, 1930, the daughter of the late Nello Baldelli and Carmella (Colangelo) Baldelli.
She attended Immaculate Conception grade school, where she met Sister Alice Marie Morley OSU, who greatly influenced her and became her lifelong friend and mentor. After graduating from East High School in 1948, Ann attended Youngstown College.
She married her high school sweetheart, Manuel Mike Garcia, on Sept. 13, 1952.
She worked for Dr. Macy Woolf as a dental assistant, for six years and then moved to Alliance, where she worked for Mount Union College Athletic Department, while her husband attended school.
Ann and her family settled in Canfield in 1962, and remained there for 52 years. She attended Bill Hixson Floral Design School in Cleveland, and worked as a master floral designer for both The Flower Mill and Briels Flowers. Her floral talents were well-known and her wedding and funeral expertise was greatly sought after. She later worked as an associate of J.C. Penney/Thrift Drugs Corporation, retiring in 1991.
Ann was a charter member of St. Michael Church, and over the years she served in many capacities, including vice president of Altar Guild, minister of the Holy Eucharist, Altar server, choir and Garden Club member, Mass and Mercy Lunch coordinator. She often volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Ann was a member of the French Club, Cirque du France and the American Association of Dental Assistants. She also was a member of the Austintown Fitch Cross Country Tag-a-Long Booster Club. Her favorite club was the Baldelli Club, which consisted of her brothers, her husband and sisters-in-law, who all got together every month at a different restaurant for a family meeting and luncheon.
Her undying positive attitude and energy was contagious to everyone who knew her. Her kindness and generosity was part of her nature. Friends and family always knew she would be there for them to lean on. She was gifted with her care, for her grandchildren as they grew up, and with many ill family members and friends as they grew old. A teacher at heart, her lessons were many and she used her life as an example to all.
As a first generation Italian, Ann embraced her heritage and culture. Following in her parents footsteps, she was proud and instrumental in maintaining her family connections in Italy. She recently worked closely with her cousin, Ben Lariccia, to translate family letters and other memorabilia that reside in the Youngstown State University Italian Archives. She made the trip of her lifetime to Rome in 2005 to meet her cousins for the first time, and visit her fathers hometown of Manciano, Italy.
Ann leaves her beloved husband of 64 years, Manuel (Mike) Garcia; her children, James (Barbara) Garcia of Twinsburg, Mary Alice Mimi (Dr. James) Kerrigan of Boardman, and Suzanne Suzy (Morton) Madison of Austin, Texas. Her grandchildren, John, Christine and Jimmy Kerrigan and Alex Madison all adored their Nana.
She also leaves her brother, Raymond (Sally) Baldelli; sister-in-law Jeanne Baldelli; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Neil Baldelli.
Friends and family may call Saturday morning at St. Christine Church, prior to Mass from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
Ann had an undying devotion to her Catholic faith and supported Catholic education, therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contribution may be made to Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505, or St. Joseph the Provider School, 1125 Turin St., Youngstown, OH 44510.
Anns family would like to extend a special thank you to the Reese family and the entire staff at the Inn at Christine Valley for creating a warm home environment, and also to MVI Hospice for their kindness and compassion during Anns brief illness.
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