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Mary R. (Costello) Tonti

February 7, 1923 ~ February 16, 2018 (age 95)
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Mary Tonti, 95, peacefully passed away on Friday morning, February 16, 2018.  

          Mary will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her compassion, her gentle nature and her humbleness.

          She was born February 7, 1923 in Youngstown, the daughter of Rocco and Laura (Toscano) Costello and was a lifelong area resident.

          Mary was a 1941 graduate of East High School and was a proud homemaker. She was a true matriarch for her family, and they will miss all her excellent cooking and baking of Italian dishes, especially her famous wedding soup and her homemade spaghetti sauce.

          Mary was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica and belonged to many Senior Citizens groups and the La Nova Card Club for many years.

          She had many passions throughout her life. Mary enjoyed knitting, playing cards and dominoes, reading, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a talented sewer and painter and many of her projects and paintings won awards at the Canfield Fair.   

Her husband Rocco Tonti whom she married on April 26th, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Church died December 29, 2010.

          She leaves behind a son David Tonti of Medina, his wife Polly, two grandchildren John Tonti of Columbus and Katie Chrisman of Hinckley, Ohio.  

          Besides her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a brother James Costello and two sisters Josephine DeMatteo and Rose Cuccarese. 

          Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 10:30 am until 12:10 pm at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. Boardman (new location).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating.

 Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown

On behalf of Mary’s family, they would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the entire staff of Greenbriar Nursing Facility for all the care and compassion that was shown to them throughout this difficult time.

Material contributions may be made in Mary’s name to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, Ohio 44505.   

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com. to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Mary’s family


Donations may be made to:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica
343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown OH 44505

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