Elma Paolone, 93, of Niles, Ohio,formerly of Youngstown, passed away at 7:10am Friday April 30, 2021, at her home.
She was born on November 6, 1927, in Montesilvano, Pescara Italy, the daughter of Tommaso and Concetta (Pelusi) Mattucci.
She grew up as a young girl on the seaside in Italy with her two brothers, homemaker mother, and opera singer father. She bravely left Italy alone and came to the U.S., arriving in New York aboard the Nassau in 1953, knowing no English and having only one uncle to contact here, in Youngstown.
Elma began working as a seamstress at Moyers Pant Company in Youngstown and stayed there for ten years. It is there she met her future husband, Domenic, who was her boss. In 1960s and 1970s Youngstown she loved going to dance halls and socializing with friends, so many of which were from the old country.
After having children and becoming a homemaker, she still remained a seamstress and often helped her husband with his store, Dom-Unique Tailoring Company in Youngstown.She was a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church on the south side of Youngstown.
Her love in life was her family. Cooking and baking were central to all she did, and she succeeded in keeping everyone well fed. She adored her grandchildren, being social, and attending parties.
Her husband Domenic Paolone Sr., whom she married October 22, 1966, died June 18, 2015.
Elma will be deeply missed by her son, Anthony Paolone and his wife Jacqueline of New York, New York; her daughter, Michelle Merlo and her husband Tino of Howland, Ohio; two step-sons, Domenic Paolone Jr. and his wife Patti of Austintown, Ohio, and Albert Paolone of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her step-daughter Rita Becker and her husband David of Levittown, Pennsylvania; her brother Leonardo Mattucci and his wife Dina of Montesilvano, Pescara Italy; and nine grandchildren: Isabella Merlo, Gianna Merlo, Tino Merlo, Luca Paolone, Stella Paolone, Justine Paolone, Alexis Paolone, Michael Williamson, and Jamie Becker. She was preceded in death by her brother Decio Mattucci.
The family is deeply thankful to her caregivers Arvella, Elizabeth, and Lynda who took great care of her these last several years. And to Dr. Spratt and his staff in Youngstown, many thanks for years of care and deep compassion for Elma.
Friends may call Monday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11AM Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles.
Social distancing and facial coverings are mandatory for all calling hours and services.
Burial will be Pineview Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
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