Celilia M. (Moretti) DeCaro, 87, of Sandusky, passed away early Sunday evening, Sept. 23, 2007, at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born March 7, 1920, in Wooster, Ohio. She married Alfred J. DeCaro (now deceased) in 1942 and moved to Sandusky. From 1948 to 1972 she and Al lived in Columbus while he was a branch manager for Grill Meats (Chef Pantry). During the war years she worked at Philco and at Pfanner's Cleaners. She loved going to the nursing home to play bingo with the elderly residents. Every Monday night, she would make a Novenas at the West End of Columbus. She loved to play pinochle, bunco and attend Bible study with her family and friends. She had many good friends and family who she dearly loved and spent time with. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Altar Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella and the Italian-American Beneficial Club Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her sons, Rudolph A. DeCaro and Charles "Chuck" (Pam) DeCaro, both of Sandusky and Gary (Donna) DeCaro of Mount Vernon, Ohio; daughters, Dianne (George) Phillips of Greenwood, S.C., Karen (John) Wolfe of Lincoln, Ala., Kathleen DeCaro, Linda (Ken) Bores, both of Sandusky, Gina M. Susana of Cincinnati, and Jodell (Geoff) Palmer of Findlay, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters in Wooster, Ohio; nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Anne Barone, Pauline (Clyde) Cunningham and Helen DeCaro, all of Sandusky; and brother-in-law, Aldridge (Mary) DeCaro of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred J. "Al" DeCaro on April 6, 2005; parents, Angelo and Rosina (DeScipio) Moretti; brother, Donald Moretti; sisters, Elsie Costentino, Vilma Marcovechio and Mary Rose; and three grandchildren, Stephanie Jones, Andrea and Monica DeCaro.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Sts. Peter & Paul Gathering Space, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where a Liturgical Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Gathering Space followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to Northern Ohio Cancer Center, 417 Quarry Lakes Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870; Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Cancer Services of Erie County, 912 Perry St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.