Rocco S. Butto 1922-2013

NILES – Rocco S. Butto, 90, of Niles, died 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Home in Niles.

He was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Niles, the son of Phillip and Marianna Caizza Butto Sr.

Rocco worked for 20 years as a laborer at Ohio Galvanizing and for 30 years at Ohio Corrugating before retiring in 1987.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, church usher and festival volunteer. He also helped build Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rhodes Avenue School and was a member of Eastland Athletic Club and San Fellipe Neri Lodge.

He enjoyed playing old Italian card games with his son, bocce, checkers and baseball, and was an avid New York Yankees and Niles McKinley Red Dragon fan.

His wife, Esther Newton Butto, whom he married Feb. 26, 1952, died Feb. 9, 2005.

He will be deeply missed by two sons, Joseph (Pam) Butto of Niles and Anthony Butto, with whom he made his home; two grandchildren, Andrea (Cory) Davis and Joshua Butto; one great-grandchild, Madalyn Pasek; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin, Tinaro Butto, and Philip T. Butto Jr.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 7:30 p.m.

Services of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Korda officiating.

Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.

Friends may view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

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