Helen J. (Stillo) Garofalo

Born: Tue., Sep. 28, 1926
Died: Tue., Apr. 30, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., May 03, 2019
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., May 04, 2019
Location: St. Peter's Catholic Parish

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Helen J. (Stillo) Garofalo, age 92 of Canton, passed away peacefully on April 30th, 2019. A life resident of Canton, Helen was valedictorian of her 1944 Canton McKinley High School graduating class. Helen's achievements and community involvement were admirable as she was the first woman Bailiff in Stark County for Judge Ira Turpin, the first female president of the Clerk of Courts Association, first woman Director of the Stark County Board of Elections, and first woman to win a county-wide election in Stark County when she became the Stark County Clerk of Common Pleas Court – an office she held for twelve years. She was also a community advocate, and an active member of numerous boards and organizations in Canton and surrounding Stark County areas. Helen was recognized by the 2018 Italian American Festival and was recently awarded recognition by Women's Impact for her support of Women. Helen was preceded in death by her parents Saverio and Maria Stillo, who emigrated from San Andrea, Italy. She was also preceded in death by brother Frank Stillo, and sisters Mary and Theresa Rocci and loving husband Carl.

Along with her busy work schedule and active community involvement, Helen and her late husband, Carl of forty-four years, raised five children Jane and (Jerry-deceased) Herzog, Barbara and Marcello Frustaci, Joseph Garofalo, Carl and Catherine Garofalo, Michael and Valerie Garofalo. A loving grandmother, she was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at the Rossi Family Funeral Home on Friday May 3rd from 5 to 8p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday May 4th at St. Peter Catholic Church at 10a.m., with Rev. Fr. John E. Sheridan S.T.L. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

As she was a devout Catholic, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helen's lifelong parish, St. Peter Catholic Church in Canton.

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Michael and Elaine Reolfi
   Posted Wed May 01, 2019
To Barb, Joe and all of Helen's family: We're so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a remarkable woman. We'll keep you in our thoughts.

Brett Smoak
   Posted Wed May 01, 2019
My sincere condolences to Carl and the Garofalo family. Your mom and dad raised a great family which is evident by your family!

Paul Brady
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
Joe, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Praying for strength and peace for you and your family.

Jill Stark Mazzocca
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
Dear Garafalo Family

Though I only really knew Mike, I remember his Mom and Dad and the WHOLE family as a GREAT one.

I wanted to make sure I sent thoughts and prayers to Mike and all the family whom I had the PLEASURE of knowing and working with there at St. Peter's a few years back...hee hee

Jill Stark Mazzocca former teacher St. Peter School

Jim Stitz
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
To Joe and the entire Garofalo families,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom and Grandmother. She was truly a remarkable person and trail blazer in Canton. We pray that happy memories will be of comfort at this difficult time. May God Bless all of you and help you at this difficult time. May she rest in peace knowing the legacy she left with her family and her community.

God bless,

Jim Stitz

Andrea Edie
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to the Garofalo Family

Tami Gresh McFarren
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Garofalo family. She was truly a remarkable lady and a great boss. My mom, (Shirley Gresh) and Helen were quite a team. May she rest in peace.

Kathy Rutledge
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I always admired Helen. She was a wonderful lady. May you find comfort in your many wonderful memories.
Kathy Rutledge

Rich and Pam McElroy
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Pam and I mourn your loss. I have beeen a patient at the Cleveland Clinic for three years and not able to attend the service. I was Helen and Carl’s councilman. We always appreciated their love, generosity and integrity. Helen being valedictorian of her class is no surprise. Her intelligence was only exceeded by her grace and beauty. Pam saw her and spoke with her in mid December. Your parents attended parties at Pam’s sister Jenny’s house every holiday. We pray God’s riches blessings upon you as you journey through your time of grief. Rich and Pam McElroy

Dr. Lisa D. Vaughn
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. May her memory be for a Blessing.

Dave Johnson
   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
Family of Helen Garafalo: With great sadness I learned of Helen’s passing. Her achievements in politics and in the community were most outstanding. She set many firsts for women in Stark County. In my 50 years of political involvement she was one the finest I have ever known. Helen loved her family above all. My family is praying for Helen’s family during this time of great loss. In God’s love, Dave and Marge Johnson and family, North Canton

Theresa Miller
   Posted Sat May 11, 2019
Dear Garofalo Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Helen was a wonderful woman. My prayers of comfort are with you all.

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