Josephine “Pina” Marcantonio, age 93, loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023 and is now united in peace with her late husband, Ezio. She was born in Sulmona, Italy on June 15, 1929 to the late James and Assunta Letteri. Pina will forever be our a beacon of patience, resilience and strength. She was married to Ezio for 57 years, whom she said was “the best part of her life;” they lived a life of dedication to their family. She was “the Italian” mom and Nonna, and her family was her world. Her beautiful smile and laugh, along with her legendary cooking and hospitality, graced everyone who knew her! She worked at Walker’s Restaurant in Louisville, Ohio for many years sharing her gift of cooking.
Along with her parents, Pina was preceded in death by her husband Ezio; brother Tony Letteri; twin sister Carmella Letteri; and cousin Lina Alberici of Laguna Niguel, California.
Pina is survived by her beloved children Phil (Peggy) Marcantonio, Mary (David) Bird, and Anthony (Jessica) Marcantonio; grandchildren Ashley (Joe) Volta, Alexandria (Doug) Sanders, Adrianna (Stephen) Yankulov, Phil Marcantonio III, Nicolette (Frank) Cikach, Jr., Olivia Marcantonio, and Matteo Marcantonio; great-grandchildren Isla Mae Cikach, Dominic Sanders, Anthony Sanders, and one more Sanders on the way, Kesslyn Volta, Callie Volta. Pina is also survived by her dear cousin Rita Alberici of Laguna Niguel, California, long-time special friends, Mary Shundry and Lucia Shundry of Waynesburg, Ohio who enjoyed many memories with Pina and Ezio, childhood neighbors and special friends, Brent and Joanne Walls of Louisville, Ohio who were always there for mom.
Pina and our family were blessed with an amazing team of caring and loving professionals - her angels - on her journey to heaven the past few months. The family would like to thank everyone with Absolute Hospice, Summa Health, The Village of St. Edward and Heritage Crossing who provided mom care with love. Special heartfelt thanks to Erica Moyer and Tara Garbrandt with Absolute Hospice; Britni Wrobel and the Nurses of 3W and 3N at Summa Health and Dr. William F. Scully III with Crystal Clinic; Nurses Theresa, Casey, Catherine, Father David Novak and Angela O’Neill with The Village of St. Edward; Nurses Ronique, Kamaria and Care Partners Christina, Claudia and Tammy with Heritage Crossing.
A private family Mass of Christian burial at St. James Catholic Church in Waynesburg, Ohio has been held. Interment was in Sandy Valley Cemetery in Waynesburg, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made, in Ezio and Pina’s name, to St. James Catholic Church. Celebration of Pina’s life will be held at a later date.
To all – Pina’s words of wisdom – “One day at a time.”
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