A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Frances
Nacarato will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the St. Christine Church.
Frances passed away peacefully, Feb. 10, 2019, at Hospice House, with her
loved ones by her side.
She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Pulaski Twp, Pa., the daughter of Steven and
Elizabeth (Filakowsky) Ilich.
She grew up in Pulaski, Pa., and was a graduate of New Castle Union High
School class of 1948. Following her graduation, Frances moved to the
Youngstown area and worked for Isaly's and later for General Electric Lamp
Plant on Market St. in Youngstown, until late 1964.
On March 5, 1960, Frances married Joseph R. Nacarato at the St. Ann's Church
in Brier Hill. They were married for 28 years, until his passing on Oct. 24,
1988. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, where she was part of
the pizza workers for more than 25 years.
Frances will be remembered most for hosting Sunday dinners. For many years
family and friends would gather to enjoy a bowl of her pasta and meatballs.
Every Sunday her home was filled with the aroma of fresh sauce cooking, even
up to the weeks before her passing. She was a loving mother, grandmother,
Frances leaves five children, Natalie (Jim) Koontz, Nancy (Mark) Butch,
Robert J. Nacarato, and Virginia (John) McNally, all of Youngstown, and
Anthony J. (Josie) Nacarato of Canfield; a daughter-in-law, Lois (Steve)
Ilich-Koho of Austin, Texas; five granddaughters, Jessica (Jeff) Vicarel,
Sabrina Nacarato, Monica Ilich, Cara and Casey McNally; two grandsons,
Joseph and Domenic Nacarato; and one step-granddaughter, Terra (Charles)
Frances also leaves one sister, Anna Thompson of New Castle; and one
brother, Robert (Dolores) DeMetro of Lowellville.
Besides her parents and her husband Joseph, Frances was preceded in death by
a son, Raymond Charles Ilich; four brothers, Andy Novak, John Novak, Steve
Ilich, and Mike Ilich; as well as two sisters, Mary Farrell, and Barbara
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Schiavone Funeral Home and
again Friday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at the St. Christine Church, where a mass
will begin at 11 a.m.
The family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Zeno and his staff for the years
of care given to Frances. They would also like to thank the staff of Hospice
House for their tender care of Frances and support shown to her family.