Maria (Papaolo) FacchiniDecember 15, 1931 ~ November 11, 2016 (age 84)
Canfield - Maria “Mary” Papaolo Facchini peacefully passed into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family, Friday, November 11, 2016. Maria was born in Sulmona, Provincia L’Aquila, Italy on December 15, 1931 to Venanzio Papaolo and Adelina Marinucci. Maria spent the difficult years of World War II being raised by her loving grandmother, “Mammuch,” Agata Valeri. During the War years, she endured many hardships including having her home and its contents taken over by the occupying Nazi Army for use as a headquarters; lack of food and clothing; closing of school; and her father being a prisoner of war for years. These would be lifelong memories that she would frequently share with family and friends. Maria married the love of her life and childhood sweetheart, Salvatore Facchini on April 23, 1953 in Sulmona. She moved with her husband first, to Boston, and then to Youngstown in 1959 where Imperial Street was home. In 1979, she moved with her family to Navajo Drive in Girard. She then made her home in Canfield with her daughter Linda and her family for over 20 years. Maria leaves her family to cherish her memory forever; daughters, Adeline Fusco (James) of Canfield; Debbie Zappia (Joseph) of Canfield; Linda Maiorana (Nicholas) of Girard/Alexandria VA; and Marisa Facchini (Jonathan Buonamici) of Boardman; grandchildren; Melanie Palmer (Forrest), Vincent Fusco (Carla), Anthony Fusco (Jennifer), Valentina (Ryan) Schrock, Anthony Zappia, Salvatore Maiorana (Jessica), Maria Maiorana, Salvatore Buonamici Luca Buonamici and Maria Renata Buonamici, and a great granddaughter; Ava Palmer. She leaves a sister; Adele Valerie of Canberra, Australia. She also leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Ohio, Massachusetts, Canada, Italy, and Australia. Maria was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters; Giuseppina Pantano and Yole Capaldi and an infant brother; Panfilo Papaolo. Maria was an extremely hardworking person. She worked in farming on her family farm in Italy and retired from St. Elizabeth Hospital where she worked as a seamstress in the sewing room. Maria was a devout catholic and member of St. Anthony Parish where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a past member of the Sulmona Valley Club and the Sons of Italy. Maria was a talented person with many interests and skills. She was very skilled and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening, sewing, cooking, and baking. She was well known for many excellent homemade dishes she prepared including wedding soup, pizza, bread, eggplant parmesan, homemade macaroni, meatballs and sauce, lasagna, cici ripieni, Italian Rum Cake, and cream puffs. Maria enjoyed travelling and was able to return to Italy multiple times to spend time with family. She also visited family in Australia and Canada. In retirement, she spent time visiting California, Florida, Las Vegas, Boston and other places. Maria’s favorite motto was “Family First” she was a devoted mother and Nonna and her greatest pride and pleasure was her family. She will be missed and remembered always. The family would like to thank the caring and kind staff at the Inn at Ironwoods for the excellent care given to Maria during her final days. Calling hours will be held at Schiavone Funeral home on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Anthony Church on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10am. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery.