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Anita J. (Anzelmo) Cheff

July 3, 1939 ~ November 8, 2020 (age 81)

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Austintown – Anita J. (Anzelmo) Cheff, 81, of Austintown, who passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2020 with her loving family by her side. 

She was born July 3, 1939 in Youngstown, the daughter of James and Josephine (Puleo) Anzelmo and was a lifelong area resident.  Anita was proud to have grown up on the Eastside of Youngstown and of her Italian Heritage.

 Anita was a 1957 graduate of East High School “The Golden Bears” and was employed as a secretary for McKelvey’s Department Store and the Maronite Center.  .

Anita was also a proud homemaker and centered her life on her family. She looked forward to hosting all the holidays along with holding true to all the Italian traditions especially the 7 fishes for Christmas Eve. She was an exceptional cook and baker and her family will miss all the Sunday dinners with her fabulous homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.

She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and was an active member in her community participating in Austintown Woman’s Junior League, West Austintown Salvation Army as a board member, on the Austintown 4th of July Parade Committee, was a member of the Austintown Democratic Club and served as a Precinct Committee Woman where she enjoyed working the polls on Election Day.

 Anita had many passions throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband to Atlantic City, going on family vacations to Myrtle Beach and Daytona Florida, spending time and going to lunch with her East High School friends and loved being with her grandchildren.          

Her husband Stephen M. “Whitey” “Sonny” Cheff whom she married November 24, 1962 at Immaculate Conception Church, passed away on January 4, 2020.    

Anita leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories two children Stephen (Terrie) Cheff of Howland and Stephanie (Tony Jr.) Pizzuto of North Jackson, seven grandchildren James (Sarah) Cheff, Gina (Pete) Sudol, Niccolette Cheff, Santino Pizzuto, Vincent Pizzuto, Anjelika (Fiancé Robbie Postlethwait) Pizzuto and Anthony Pizzuto, two great grandchildren Braxton and Kali and a brother Frank Anzelmo of Youngstown. 

Anita was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 9:00 am until the time of the prayer service held at 10:10 am all at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Youngstown.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday November 12, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating.

Entombment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown. 

Material contributions may be made in Anita’s name to Hospice of The Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, Ohio 44512.

On behalf of Anita’s family they would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and special thanks to Betsy Stipanovich for all the care given to Anita and Whitey for over the last 3 years and would also like to thank Rosemary Oblinger and Sandee Timmerman for all the care and support given to Anita throughout this difficult time.

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


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November 12, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:10 AM
Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home
4221 Market Street
Youngstown, Oh 44512

Mass of Christian Burial
November 12, 2020

11:00 AM
Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home
4221 Market Street
Youngstown, Oh 44512


Hospice of The Valley
5190 Market St., Boardman OH 44512

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