Nelson Schiavi, 1962-2023

BOARDMAN — Nelson Schiavi, 60, passed away unexpectedly, with his family at his side, in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023.

Nelson was born June 22, 1962, to Antonella Cianci Schiavi and Aldo Schiavi, in Caracas, Venezuela.

He graduated high school in Seattle, Wash.. in 1980 and attended college at Cleveland State and Youngstown State universities, where he received his bachelor’s degree in integrated social studies.

Nelson had an unquenchable thirst for football. He spent most of his free time watching old games and looking through playbooks. Nelson started coaching football in 1985. He coached for many different schools throughout the years, such as Mooney, Girard, East Palestine, Campbell, Chaney and Lowellville, where he won the ICL championship in 2002 with his best friend, John Protopapa. Anyone who knew Nelson knew his obsession and passion with the sport. He was also a diehard Michigan Wolverines fan and never missed a football game.

Nelson had two pride and joys in life, through whom his legacy will live on, his two children, Gianna (21) and Alex (18). He attended every school, sports and extracurricular event, and was both of their biggest supporters throughout everything they did in life. Everything Nelson did in life was for his children.

Nelson is survived and will be missed by his loving parents; sister and brother-in-law, Diana Schiavi (Jeff) Rafoth; brother, Henry Schiavi and his children, Gianna and Alex Schiavi; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Nelson was predeceased by cousin, Joseph DeSantis, and uncle, Quintino DeSantis.

As a man of strong faith, Nelson will be honored with a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers. Following the Mass, the family will hold a luncheon at the St. Nicholas hall to celebrate Nelson’s life.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.Family and friends are encouraged to offer prayers for the family and support via phone call, text, email or may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com.