Delight Pannunzio 1928-2021

ESTERO, Fla. — Delight Nerone Pannunzio, 92, formerly of Youngstown, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, April 29, 2021.

She was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael and Mary Vacarro Nerone, and attended East High School.

Delight was a proud homemaker and a true matriarch for her family. She always made them her top priority and they will miss her outstanding cooking and baking skills, especially all the homemade pastas and chocolate cupcakes.

She was an active member of St. Luke Church, where she volunteered for the parish activities and its annual festivals.

Delight had many passions throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed dancing, the beauty of winter and the snow, along with decorating and dressing up for all the holidays. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor and the way she was always the center of the party.

Her husband, Nicholas A. Pannunzio, whom she married Nov. 10, 1947, passed away Sept. 28, 1991.

Delight leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories three children, Gino (Carol) Pannunzio of Boardman, Joann Chakos of Estero, Fla., and Nicholas (Christine) Pannunzio of Maryland; seven grandchildren, Gina (Mike) Alexander, Chad (Chrissy) Pannunzio, Kevin (Jasmin) Chakos, Derek (Angela) Chakos, Lindsay Meenachan, Angela Pannunzio and Nicholas Pannunzio; and four great-grandchildren, Gianna, Mikey, Samantha and CJ; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, Delight was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Meenachan; a son-in-law, Louis Chakos; three brothers, Sam, Joe and Patsy Nerone; and two sisters, Mary and Lucy Nerone.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Delight’s Mass of Christian burial, which will be held 1 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. Luke Church, 5235 South Ave., Boardman, with the Rev. Matthew Humerickhouse officiating. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

In lieu of flowers material contributions may be made in Delight’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Delight’s family.

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