Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Amherst - Gaetano Vincenzino Iacobozzi aka, Vincent G. Yacobozzi (93) passed away at his home in Amherst on January 10, 2010. One of the last of the Greatest Generation, Vince was born on December 8, 1916 in Montenero, Italy, to Giacomo and Candida (nee DiFilippo) Iacobozzi. In addition to his parents, Vince was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anne I. (nee Toth) Yacobozzi in October, 2009, sisters Adela DeArcangelis and Dina DiFilippo and a niece, Anna Marie DeArcangelis.

In 1936, at the age of 19, he came to the United States. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps on February 2, 1942 and served as a Staff Sergeant with the 13th Air Force in the South Pacific for 3 of his 4 military years. He was engaged in the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the Northern Solomon Islands, the Dutch Indies, New Guinea and the Philippines. He flew 15 combat missions as a gunner in a B-24 Bomber before 4 bouts with Malaria grounded him. His Military awards include Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon/Medal and Philippino Liberation Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star.

As one of the oldest members and Life Member, Vince, served the Italian American Veterans Post #1, Lorain, Ohio, for over 48 years and was an outstanding member and past Chairman of the IAV Color Guard. He participated in Veterans’ Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Iwo Jima Day, Memorial Day and Lorain’s International Festival ceremonies as well as countless military funerals with the IAV Color Guard. He served as an honorable member of Amvets, Post 47, Lorain, Ohio, a Lifetime Member of the V.F.W., Post 451, Lorain, Ohio, Chaplin of the Lorain Veterans’ Council, Lorain Senior Fellowship Club, a charter member of the National World War II Memorial Association and was named Veteran of the Year in 2002 by the Lorain Veterans Council. In April, 2007, at the age of 90, Vince’s latest accomplishment was his installation as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, the highest rank in the organization.

At age 87, this proud World War II Veteran got to see his place in history marked as he stood beside other veterans and saluted the long-awaited World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. honoring “The Greatest Generation”. Vince often stated, “This memorial represents the freedoms we have today and to never take it for granted because there may come a day when we don’t have those freedoms.”

Employed as a metallurgist with U.S. Steel Corp. for 37 years, Vince retired in 1979. Throughout his wonderful life, Vince made sure he gave back to his community and fellow veterans by visiting with veterans in the Brecksville Veterans Hospital and the Solder’s and Sailor’s Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He also made a point to visit the children’s orphanage in Oberlin, Ohio donating bicycles and other toys to the children and donated his time to the Lorain Catholic Center preparing meals for those in need.

As a devout Roman Catholic, Vince served as a member of the Holy Name Society, an usher and adult alter server at the Church of St. Peter, Lorain, Ohio, as well as always participating in various fundraisers and events. He was a charter member of the Montenero Club, Lorain, Ohio.

Vince enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling to Florida, Arizona and Italy, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Mount Union Purple Raiders.

He is survived by his brothers, Enio (Hazel) Yacobozzi of Dublin, Ohio, Timo (Nancy) Iacobozzi of Griffith, Indiana, three sons, Dennis Yacobozzi (Marty) of Westerville, Ohio, Kenneth Yacobozzi (Ellen) of Grafton, Ohio, Ronald Yacobozzi (Natalie) of Amherst, Ohio, a daughter, Candita Trott (Craig) of Columbus, Ohio, 7 grandsons, Denny (Eleana) Yacobozzi, Dominic Yacobozzi, Matthew Yacobozzi (friend Kristin Bock), Anthony Yacobozzi, Christopher (Connie) Yacobozzi, Nicholas Yacobozzi and Nathan Shubick and numerous nephews, great nephews, nieces and great nieces throughout Italy, France and the United States.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, January, 15th at the Reidy Scanlan Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio. A memorial service will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus at 6:45 PM followed by a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM by the Church of St. Peter Holy Name Society and then Words of Remembrance/Eulogy. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 9:20 AM. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Peter, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Ohio. Fr. Chuck Henkle, O.F.M. Conv. officiating. Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, where full military honors will be conducted by the Italian American Veterans Post #1 and the United States Army. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of St. Peter Capital Campaign, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Ohio, 44053 or Catholic Charities, 203 West 8th Street, Lorain, OH 44052.

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Phyllis “Chala” Vitelli (nee: Telloni), 81, passed peacefully from this world on Monday, January 11, 2010 at Community Health Partners Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born on December 22, 1928 in Lorain, Phyllis graduated from Lorain High School in 1947 and lived her entire life in Lorain.

In the 1970’s, Phyllis was employed by the Lorain Public Schools in the food service department and by Campi’s Restaurant in the 1980’s. Her passions were baking for her family, trips to Las Vegas, playing bingo and having a kitchen full of friends and relatives. She is survived by daughters, Julianne Vitelli of Sheffield Lake, Regina Nemeth of Elyria; sons, John (Pat) Vitelli of Elyria and Tom (Bev) of Lorain; and five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1975; her son, Charles in 2009; parents, Luigi and Julia Telloni; brothers, Emil, Vincent, Dominic and Tony; and sister, Rose Vida.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 4-8 PM. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 9:50 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, January 15, 2010 at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Fr. Chuck Henkle, O.F.M. Conv., officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
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Lorain- Robert “Bob” Mason, 61, after a valiant fight with cancer, passed away at his home on January 11, 2010.

Bob graduated from Admiral King High School in 1966. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. While in the service, He was Head of the base National Honor Guard. He worked at Ford, Lorain Assembly for 38 years as a Mill Wright and later as a Mechanical Engineer. Bob loved playing golf with his son, grandson and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Janis (nee: Pentz) Mason; son, Christopher (Aura) Mason; grandchildren, Brianna and Aries Mason; mother, Rose (nee: Mason) Eddington; niece, Roselyne Snyder; many cousins; and his dogs, Sarah, Belle and Heidi.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Florence Keefer.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to New Life Hospice, 5225 Abbe Road, Sheffield Village, OH 44035. or an Animal Welfare Group of donor’s choice. Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 is assisting with arrangements.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010


Lorain- Kathleen J. Kelley, 45, was born in Los Angeles, California on February 24, 1964. She died Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at Cleveland Clinic Hospital due to complications from surgery.

She attended St. Peter’s grade school and played CYO volleyball. She graduated with honors from Marion L. Steele High School in 1982, and attended the University of Akron.

Kathleen was a parishioner of Saint Peter’s Church in Lorain and served the community as a Eucharistic Minister, a PSR teacher and volunteered countless hours to many local charitable organizations. She worked as an insurance office manager for 25 years at her father’s insurance agency; Jack Kelley, CLU & Associates Inc.

She enjoyed spending time together with family and was a compassionate, caring daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her dog, which she adopted through a rescue agency, also brought her much joy. She was a great pastry baker and enjoyed cooking. She liked to go deep sea fishing and scuba diving.

Kathleen is survived by her parents, Jack and Barbara Kelley of Lorain; brothers, Patrick W. Kelley of Sheffield Lake, Kevin N. Kelley of Wellington and Daniel J. Kelley of Sheffield Village; she had eight nieces and nephews and was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, John J. Kelley, and recently in July 2009, Michael C. Kelley; grandparents, uncle and cousin.

The family will receive friends at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH on Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 10:00 AM until time of service. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2010 at St. Peter Church, Lorain, Fr. Chuck Henkle, O.F.M., Conv., officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter Church Capital Campaign Fund or St. Peter Church PSR Program, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053. Arrangements are being handled by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, (440) 244-1961. Condolences may be sent using
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