Maria T. DeGennaro 1923-2013

NILES – Maria Teresa DeGennaro, 90, died 1:20 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born March 17, 1923, in Quadrelle, Avellino, Italy, the daughter of Domenico and Giovanna Napolitano.

Maria owned and operated Maria’s Pizza in Niles with her husband, and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles and its Mount Carmel Society. She enjoy traveling, gardening and, most of all, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Benigno DeGennaro, whom she married April 20, 1947, died Oct. 8, 2007.

She will be deeply missed by her son, Benedetto (Foncine) DeGennaro of Niles; her daughter, Nicoletta (Gaetano) Ferone of Mineral Ridge; her brother, Carmine Antonio Napolitano of Quadrelle, Italy; her sister, Filomena Fiore of Milano, Italy; four grandchildren, Alessandro (Jennifer) Ferone, Benigno (Jennifer Grace) DeGennaro, Benigno (Jennifer) Ferone and Samuel (Katie) DeGennaro; two great-grandchildren, Dante Paul DeGennaro and Antonio Benedetto DeGennaro; and three nieces, Nicolette, Anna and Sandra.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Filippo and Saverio Napolitano, and a sister, Francesca Picariello.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where Mount Carmel Bereavement ministry will conduct prayers at 6:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald (due to renovation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Niles), officiated by the Rev. John Michael Lavelle, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Park in Warren.

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