Carmela (Corbisella) Lolli

Born: Wed., Mar. 2, 1927
Died: Thu., Jul. 4, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Jul. 08, 2019
Location: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 08, 2019
Location: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish

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Carmela (Corbisella) Lolli, 92, began her life on March 2, 1927, in Wellsville, Oh. She was the 3rd of 7 daughters born to Benjamin and Thelma (Brienza) Corbisella and passed away on July 4, 2019, the same day as her father, 45 years later. The family moved to Alliance, where she graduated from Alliance High School and met her future husband, Robert Lolli Sr. (Bob). They married on June 12, 1948. Bob preceded her in death on September 4, 2001.

Carm was an early career woman. She owned a boutique with her sister, Theresa, and then was the business partner with her husband in Lolli’s Pizza Parlor. This small shop grew to Lolli’s Supper Club in Alliance and later Lolli’s Restaurant and Dinner Theater in Canton. Carm was the silent partner, cooking and coordinating the kitchen to make sure every meal was executed to perfection. She eventually relinquished the kitchen to her son, Bobby, when the restaurant relocated in Canton. While living in Alliance, Carm was a charter member of Regina Coeli Catholic Church, a member of The Alliance Women’s Club and Alliance Garden Club. Carm and Bob moved to Canton in their later years.

These are facts and numbers about Carm, but if you knew her you would know the things in life that really mattered. Above all, this included family and friends, flowers and gardening, cooking and eating Italian food. She had compassion for animals, even the pesky ones who invaded her garden and sometimes the inside of her home. Carm, along with her sisters, loved stylish clothes, a great haircut and, of course, a bottomless cup of strong brewed coffee with a cookie or two on the side.

Carm was preceded in death by her parents and her 6 sisters, Mary Conny, Pauline Liberti, Theresa Erchick, Josie DePerro, Virginia Samuels and an infant sister, Marie Corbisella. Carm is survived by her children and their spouses, Richard (Sheila) Lolli, Robyn (Richard) Mortell and Bobby Lolli Jr. and Susan Angelo. She was a proud gramma to Alyson (Brian) Lolli Reece, Hilary (Michael) Lolli Gaffney, Timothy Lolli, Benjamin (Kelly) Lolli, Allana (Greg) Walker, Matthew (Gabrielle) Mortell and Marisa Lolli. Carm was thrilled to be a great-grandmother to Alexander, Amelia, and Audrey Reece and Millie Gaffney. She also enjoyed being an aunt to many.

Carm was a woman of hospitality and generosity and, along with her family, would want to thank the people who gave her the warmest love, care and support in her last years. These include the wonderful caregivers of Albright Living and Aultman Home Hospice, and the Ministry for Senior Living of St Michael’s Parish in Canton.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 8th, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (3430 St. Michael Drive N.W. Canton, Oh.), with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 a.m. Entombment 
will be in Highland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Albright Living (1017 23rd St. N.W. Canton, Oh. 44709), towards the establishment of a scholarship in the culinary arts in memory of Carmela.

Carm’s life was a tribute to the greatest generation and commitment to her faith, love and concern for family and friends. Our faith tells us that she is now with her family that have gone before her and enjoying a fabulous reunion, no doubt with a great cup of coffee and some homemade doughnuts. We are grateful for a life well lived.

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Joe and JoAnne Kirkham Klemens
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Dear Robyn and family, please accept our condolences on the passing of your Mom. She was a lovely lady and kept cool during our high school and early college years when we pulled so many shenanigans and pranks. I remember going to the cottage and she would cook for us. May God bless you all. Fondly, Joe and JoAnne

Mike Mortell
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
We are saddened by Carmela's passing. You, Rich, Allana, Matt, the Lolli family and the countless number of friends and admirers of Carmela are in our thoughts.

Robyn, we were most fortunate to have known your mother. Rest in peace, Mrs. Lolli.

Mike, Nancy and family

Ronald Rittenhouse
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Bob Jr. and Family: Bob, the Rittenhouse families send sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. I knew you dad by way of my older Brother Jim Rittenhouse Jr., Both Jim Jr and Myrt have passed on. I remember Lolli's Pizza parlor and the Restaurant and always enjoyed the hospitality of your Dad and Mom at the business and outside the business. I remember you well also as you followed in the footsteps of your parents. I will do my best to pass this information to Jim Jr. Kids: Cindy, Penny, Terri, Jerry, I expect Ted has already contacted you and the family. Ted still lives in Alliance and works in Canton. I will always remember your mom as she was a dear friend of my sister-in-law Myrt. I know my Brother Jim Jr. always enjoyed the fund that He and Myrt had with the Lolli's.

May God bless you and the Lolli Family,
Ron Rittenhouse Alliance, Ohio

Karen Chenevey Schrader
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
Dear Robyn, Rick, Bob and family, my husband Phil and I would like to express our deepest condolences on hearing of your dear mother’s passing. I remember long ago when visiting your parents’ home how sweet and friendly your mom always was. She was a beautiful lady. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

Sue Peroz Clay
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
Robin, I’m so sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for your Mother, you and your family. She’s lived a long life, God Bless her!

Carol Eynona
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
I worked for Bob and Carmela Lolli when I was a teenager at their restaurant in Alliance in 1978 and saved my money to move to California. I had just gotten back from college and needed a position. I often would go to dinner there with my family. The Lolli's were very dear and generous people who supported my efforts to get out to the west coast. I have always remembered them fondly and their dinners were wonderful. I made great tips there. May they R.I.P. and my condolences to the family.

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