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NILES – Philip Annarella Jr., 70 passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at his home.

Phil was born on Jan. 28, 1949, in New Castle, Pa., a son of Philip and Helen (Nuzzo) Annarella Sr.

He was a 1966 graduate of Union Area High School in New Castle, later earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Youngstown State University.

Phil taught high school for over 35 years, he also coached football for over 48 years with positions at East Liverpool, Youngstown Rayen, Warren Western Reserve, Warren G. Harding, Hickory (Hermitage, Pa.), Niles McKinley and most recently Austintown Fitch (2007 to current). He led Warren G. Harding to a Division I State Football Championship in 1990, ending in a perfect 14-0 season. In 2013, he led Austintown Fitch to their first 10-0 season in the program’s history. He received countless coaching awards over the years, including The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award in 2011 and Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. What he truly valued most throughout his teaching and coaching career were the relationships he forged with others and the individual “victories” achieved by his students and players in their academic and personal lives.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother known for his unparalleled character, his lifelong passion for coaching football and mentoring students and athletes, his generous yet humble heart, and his strong faith. He loved high school and college football (and his family’s annual Bowl Mania competition), oldies music, the Pittsburgh Pirates, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends. Phil was a devout Catholic and attended weekly Mass at St. Stephen Church in Niles.

He is survived by three daughters, Debbie Darnell of Mineral Ridge, Jennifer (David) Darnell-Sayers of Lancaster, and Melissa (George) Faluhelyi of Stow; son Philip A. (Madelyn) Annarella of Girard; three treasured grandsons, Oliver, Andrew, Matthew Faluhelyi of Stow; two sisters, Rosemarie (Brad) Nair of Poland and Angela (Joseph) Micco of New Castle, Pa.; brother-in-law Lance (Jo Ann) Cullumbine of Ashland, Ore.; and many other family and friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Gayle Lynn (Cullumbine) Annarella, whom he married on July 8, 1977, and who passed away on Feb. 26, 2012.

Calling Hours will from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday June 14, 2019, at the Auditorium of Austintown Fitch High School on Falcon Drive in Austintown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Stephen Church, 129 West Park Ave. in Niles, where family and friends may call one half hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at

Arrangements by Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 West Park Ave.

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A True Leader

“I first met Phil when he was coaching at East Liverpool. Phil's most impressive quality was the care and concern that he showed to his students and athletes. He impacted and helped to develop many great citizens. His influence on these people will serve as a everlasting tribute. May he Rest in Peace.”

 » John R Kopp on June 13, 2019

A winner on the field and off.

“one could write about Phil as a nan,a friend,family man, and a coach for ever.The truth is he was one of a kind. He will be missed but never forgotten.”

 » R.Richard Angle on June 13, 2019

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