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GERALD A. VIGLIOTTI

NORTH LIMA - There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Sorrows, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown, with the Rev. John Jerek celebrating the Mass, for Gerald A. Vigliotti, 69, who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

He was born Aug. 15, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of Sylvester M. and Agnes (Lucansky) Vigliotti.

Gerald was a 1965 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He courageously served his country as a U.S. Navy CB “Sea Bee,” UT-3, E-4 from 1967 to 1970. During that time, he served two tours in Vietnam. He retired in 1996 as a general foreman from the Youngstown Street Department. Gerald was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Immacolata Council No. 15086, where he earned his third degree Knight and was also a member of the No. 2596 Assembly John Lettau, where he earned his fourth degree Knight.

Gerald was an avid reader and enjoyed westerns most of all. He enjoyed car shows and camping. The majority of his trips were shared with the love of his life, Carol in a 1975 VW camper around the country. He was always there for his family and friends.

Gerald will always and forever be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Carol Cheff, whom he married May 30, 1970; his mother, Agnes; three sons, Anthony J. (Kathy) Vigliotti of Wexford, Pa., Michael A. (Therese) Vigliotti of Poland, and Gerald A. Jr. (Deegan) of Mayfield Village; special niece, Shari (Dennis) Gonatas of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Giana, Bella, Gabriel, Violet, Lola, Vincent, and Lucius; three sisters, Margie (Bob) Spirko, Jean Constance (fiancé Steve Mondak), and Judy Collins; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by brother Joseph Vigliotti; and brother-in-law Chris Collins.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sun day, Feb. 26, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors for Gerald’s dedicated service to our country will be provided by the great men of V.F.W. Post No. 9571 of Ellsworth.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Gerald’s family.

ANGIE W. WILLIAMS STRATOS

YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church, 4955 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman, with Father Thomas M. Constantine celebrating the service for Angie W. Stratos, 99, who passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 18.

Angie was born April 23, 1917, in Potamia, Sparta, Greece. She immigrated to the United Sates in 1930, with her parents, the late James (Panagoulias) Williams and Pinio (Anagnostakos) Williams.

Angie was predeceased by her husband, John N. Stratos; and her brother, Dr. Bill Williams.

She is survived by her two daughters, Demi Busky and Penny Stratos; her granddaughter, Tina (Ryan) Church; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Madison Church; and two sisters, Mary Williams and Georgia Williams.

Angie was a homemaker all of her life. She loved cooking, gardening, and taking care of her little dog, Chloe.

Angie was a faithful member of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church, a past president of the Philoptochos and the first president of the Senior Citizens in the 1960s.

Friends may call on Thursday morning, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church, where the Trisagion service will be held at 9:55 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The family respectfully requests any donations be made in Angie’s honor to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oak Drive, Uniontown, OH 44685.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home at 4442 South Ave.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Angie’s family.

JAMES V. 'VINCENZO' PILOLLI

“Together Again”

LIBERTY - There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio celebrating the Mass for James V. “Vincenzo” Pilolli, 88, who passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 14.

James was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Kinsman, the son of Antonio and Luicia (Magnati) Pilolli.

James courageously served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He married Rachelé “Lina” (Ianiri) Pilolli on July 4, 1953, in San Paolo, Italy. After an audience with the venerable Pope Pius XII who personally blessed their marriage, James returned in 1954 to Youngstown with his new bride.

James was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, its Vestibule Club, and was a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association.

He owned Pilolli Grocery Store in Smoky Hollow and owned and operated Pilolli Coin and Stamp Center since 1964.

Along with his wife, he shared a love of gardening and travel. He enjoyed making wine and sausage and playing bocce, morra, and scopa. James especially cherished his time with his family and preparing homemade dinner for them.

James will always be lovingly remembered by his five children, Antonio Luigi Pilolli of Youngstown, Americo Daniel (Jo Ann) of Akron, Anna Marie Pilolli of Youngstown, Vincent Anthony (Renee) Pilolli of Youngstown, and Roberto John (Sheri) Pilolli of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren, who he dearly loved and were the light of his life, Nicholas, Vincenzo Dominic (Jessica), Christina (Christopher) Stires, Juli Anna, Vincent II, Nicole, Natalie, Nina, Rocco, Marco and Gino; great-grandchildren Brenden, Scarlet, and Ariana Stires; a sister, Clementina Murar of Sarasota, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his wife, Lina and parents, James was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Jenkins; and five brothers, Michael, Americo, Patrick, Edmund, and Joseph Pilolli.

Friends may call today, Feb. 17, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Park Vista.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to James’ family.

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My sincere condolences from Ken & Laurie Hildebrand

Antonio... so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father... my sincere condolences to you and all your family members... I would love to get in touch with you again... I live up north in the Chardon, Ohio area... and I'm on facebook.

Dean Z. from Dean Zawacki

Antonio and the Pilloli family, may God grant you peace, strength and comfort in your time of grief. My prayers are with you.

Pilz from Joseph

My Deepest Sympathy to the Pilolli Family

JAMES VINCENZO PILOLLI

“Together Again”

LIBERTY - There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio celebrating the Mass for James V. Pilolli, 88, who passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 14.

James was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Kinsman, the son of Antonio and Luicia (Magnati) Pilolli.

He married Rachelé “Lina” (Ianiri) Pilolli on July 4, 1953, in San Paolo, Italy. After an audience with the venerable Pope Pius XII, who personally blessed their marriage, James returned in 1954, to Youngstown with his new bride.

James was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, its Vestibule Club, and was a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association.

He owned Pilolli Grocery Store in Smoky Hollow and owned and operated Pilolli Coin and Stamp Center since 1964.

Along with his wife, he shared a love of gardening and travel. He enjoyed making wine and sausage and playing bocce, morra, and scopa. James especially cherished his time with his family and preparing homemade dinner for them.

James will always be lovingly remembered by his five children, Antonio Luigi Pilolli of Youngstown, Americo Daniel (Jo Ann) of Akron, Anna Marie Pilolli of Youngstown, Vincent Anthony (Renee) Pilolli of Youngstown, and Roberto John (Sheri) Pilolli of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren, who he dearly loved and were the light of his life, Nicholas, Vincenzo Dominic (Jessica), Christina (Christopher) Stires, Juli Anna, Vincent II, Nicole, Natalie, Nina, Rocco, Marco and Gino; great-grandchildren Brenden, Scarlet, and Ariana Stires; a sister, Clementina Murar of Sarasota, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his wife, Lina, and parents, James was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Jenkins; and five brothers, Michael, Americo, Patrick, Edmund, and Joseph Pilolli.

Friends may call on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to James’ family.

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Prayers for the Pilolli Family from Bob & Cathy Protain

When your journey here on earth is through and heaven's angels welcome you, the times you all have shared are but a part of treasured things within your hearts. May you all find peace of heart in your loss. Love you all Bob & Cathy

JACQUELINE 'NANA' M. ZUPKO

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Christ Our Savior St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, with the Rev. Martin Celuch celebrating the life of Jacqueline “Nana” M. Zupko, 83, who passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

She was born Oct. 30, 1933, in Youngstown, the daughter of Dennis and Sarah (Marinelli) Troll.

She worked as a teacher’s aide at Jackson Elementary School and also in maintenance at the Mahoning County Courthouse.

She was a member of Christ Our Savior St. Nicholas Church.

Jacqueline loved bingo, listening to sports and the Italian hour on the radio, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

Nana looked forward to having family and friends at her home on Thursday nights for spaghetti.

She adored her grandchildren and enjoyed attending all of their activities.

Her husband, Frank Zupko, whom she married April 28, 1956, passed away Jan. 17, 1997.

Jacqueline will always be remembered lovingly by her four children, Frank (Beth) Zupko of Youngstown, Anna (David) Rotar of Florida, Denise (Dr. Dave) Podolsky of Canfield, and Mitchell (Renee) Zupko of Campbell; 10 grandchildren, Lindsay and Billy Zupko, Robin (Lou) Angelo, Army Sgt. Joseph (Candace) Rotar of Alaska, Army Sgt. Anthony Rotar of Washington State, Dr. Alan, Michael, and Jacqueline Podolsky, and Brittaney and Amanda Rose Zupko; and two sisters, Maryann Grieco and Rosalie Williams.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Dennis Troll; and two sisters, Cora Gargano and Donna Jean Protain.

Friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Christ Our Savior at St. Nicholas Church on Monday, Feb. 13, prior to the Mass.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home at 4442 South Ave.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and to send condolences to Jacqueline’s family.

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Sympathy from Patty O'Shaughnessy

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother She was a friendly and happy person. She was always happy to see you and a very caring lady.

JENNIE LINDA SALERNO

BOARDMAN - There will be a funeral service at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Jennie Linda Salerno, 85, who entered heavens gates on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Youngstown, the daughter of Dominic and Amelia (Cotini) Bionci.

She worked at the family business, the Italian Baking Company.

Jennie was a beautiful, intelligent, strong, kind, loving, and hard-working person who was very strong in her Christian faith. She enjoyed dancing, music, and cooking. Her home was always open to family and friends. She showed her love and compassion for all those whom she met.

Her husband, George Salerno, whom she married in January of 1955, passed away in September of 1979.

Jennie will always be remembered lovingly by her three children, Judge Amy Salerno (Joe Armeni) of Columbus, John (Kathy) Salerno of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Angela (Gary) Housteau of Boardman; three grandchildren, Alexandria and Christina Armeni, and Chloe Housteau; brother Dominic (Darlene) Bionci of Cortland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son George Salerno; brother Gino Bionci; and sister Concetta Lariccia.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, and again from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Jennie’s family.

ARMANDO IRIZARRY

YOUNGSTOWN - Armando Irizarry, 75, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 8, 1941, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, the son of Jose Irizarry and Margarita Mendez.

He was retired from P & L.E. Railroad. In his spare time, Armando enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and spending time with his family.

He will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Carmen Morales, whom he married, May 11, 1974; three children, Marixsa Irizarry, Arvin (LeChelle) Irizarry Sr., and Miriam (Ricardo Sr.) Gonzalez; six grandchildren, Jazzmin Maldonado, Nico Irizarry, E.J. Maldonado Jr., Aurielle Irizarry, Angelica Gonzalez, and Ricardo Gonzalez Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Amari NeVaeh Washington, and Amani Yelena Arocho; four sisters, Rosa (Jesus) Rivera, Sarah Gonzalez, Gloria Mendez, and Luz Mendez; and brother Adolfo Irizarry.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, followed by a 5 p.m. service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman..

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Armando’s family.

JAMES J. VIVO

NORTH LIMA - There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for James J. Vivo, 81, who passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Youngstown, the son of Louis and Rose (Nazarini) Vivo.

He attended East High School. James served his country in the U.S. Army band stationed in Hawaii.

He taught at Strouss Music Center and then became owner/ operator of Jim Vivo’s Drum Shop where he was a drum teacher. James had a love for music. He played with Mike Roncone and Joe Fedorchak Bands and also played on Ted Macks Amateur Hour in New York Radio City Music Hall. He taught solo and ensemble at Boardman Schools.

He also enjoyed cooking, gardening and Bible study.

He will always be remembered lovingly by his four children, Michelle (Bill) List of Austintown, David Vivo of Las Vegas, James (Tracy) Vivo of Poland, and Michael Vivo of Austintown; 11 grandchildren, Krista and Brian Ladner, Hannah and Christopher Vivo, James, Jenna, Macy and Emmy Vivo, and Alessandra, Hazel, and Violet Vivo; brother Louis Vivo Jr.; and two sisters, Marie D’Eramo and Rita (Aurelio) Martinez.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by sister Phyllis Warino.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, prior to the service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to James’s family.

CHARLES H. BEST

COLUMBIANA - Charles H. Best, 93, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

He was born April 29, 1923, in Petersburg, the son of Garfield and Edith (Dugan) Best.

Charles graduated from Springfield High School and courageously served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was the founder and owner/operator of Best Driving School in Boardman for 36 years. He also worked as an auto mechanic for various companies, and drove a school bus for Boardman Local Schools.

His wife, the former Ivy Alice Elden, whom he married in December of 1944, passed away in October of 1998.

Charles will always be remembered lovingly by two children, Gale Best Richey of Marietta and Gary (Charlotte) Best of Columbiana; six grandchildren, Kristine Richey-Wolford, Karla Deak-Ward, Brandon Best, Brenda Deak, Ellen Jordan, and Elise Jordan; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Robert Best; and sister June Best Pitzo.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by daughter Gwen Best-Jordan; son-in-law Jon Richey; and six siblings, Vera Best Richey, William Best, Margaret Best Danch, James Best, Russell Best, and Richard Best.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Paradise Lutheran Church, 3689 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield, with Pastor Joseph Congemi celebrating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Charles’s family.