Michelina Gargano 1920-2017

NILES — Michelina Gargano, 97, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Niles.

She was born Sept. 21, 1920, in Bagnoli Irpino (Avelino), Italy, the daughter of Lorenzo and Rafaella Chieffo Infante.

She came to this country on June 2, 1952, with her husband, Pietro Gargano and two of their three children. They were married Oct. 24, 1943; and he passed away Jan. 6, 1975.

Michelina enjoyed knitting, crocheting, tending to her vegetable and flower garden and playing the Italian card game Scopa. She also loved watching wrestling, especially her favorite wrestler Rikishi. Her great joy was cooking and baking for her family homemade pasta every other Sunday. Michelina’s favorite saying was “Betta no complain.”

Michelina was employed with Niles City Schools from 1975 to 1986 as a custodian helper at Niles McKinley High School. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel Society, Immaculate Conception Society, Infant of Prague Society and she was a festival volunteer. She was also a member of the Ohio Retired State Employees.

Michelina leaves two sons, Peter Gargano, with whom she made her home, and attorney John (Pam) Gargano of Niles; daughter, Loren Gargano of Niles; grandchildren, Michael Gargano, Jaclyn (Jonathan Sliwinski) Gargano, Jonnah (Eric) Anderson and Marissa (Bentley) Reed; and great-granddaughters, Ava Anderson and Olivia Sliwinski.

Michelina was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael (Mary); and sisters, Amelia Infante and Nina Gramaglia.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Subhash Khaterpaul, Dr. David Fredericka and Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home for their compassionate care.

Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mount Carmel bereavement ministry will conduct prayers at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles, preceded by 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.

Material contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Family Center Project 20/20, 381 Robbins Ave., Niles Ohio 44446.

Family and friends may email condolences and light a candle by visiting www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.

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