Katherine Guzzardi Spinelli aka Mama Guzzardi
At the age of 97, of North Canton, left us to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 15, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 7, 1916 and was the youngest of five daughters to the late Nicholas and Agatha Guzzardi. She was a secretary most of her life. She had been employed as secretary to the Personnel Director of the Government Home Owners Loan Corp in the Empire State Building for five years, secretary to the Federal Home Loan Bank Administrator in Washington , DC for two years, secretary to the Ambassador, Embassy, Vienna, Austria for five years, and secretary to the Plant Manager of General Motors in Van Nuys, Calif. for 25 years. . She was the President of the Women's Chamber of Commerce and National Secretary's Association in Van Nuys, Calif. At the age of 70, she and her son opened Mama Guzzardi's Italian Restaurant in North Canton, Ohio where she enjoyed doing the cooking for the first ten years. She finally retired at 80 years old. She enjoyed crafting, crocheting, doing the daily crossword, and going to bingo.
She is survived by daughter, Phyllis Songster (Tom); son, Thomas Rollo; grandchildren, Nick Prine, Lori Prine, Kathy Wahl, Sara Au (Brian), Vincent Rollo (Hannah); great-grandchildren, Ashley Prine, Michael Wahl, Katey Prine, Jared Wahl, and soon-to-be-born, baby Rollo. And the families of Frances, Sib and Nick Catanuto, Rose, Mark, and Bruce Inzetta, Franca Salano, Francesca Daniels, Provenzano family, and Puckett family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Thomas Rollo and Dr. Vincent Spinelli, her sisters, Eleanor Catanuto, Mildred Cascio, Jennie Turiano, and Mary Provenzano, granddaughter, Neilee Rollo, nieces, Agatha Puckett, Marie Salsone, and Josephine Provenzano, nephews Emanuel Catanuto, Robert Provenzano, Jim Cirnigliaro, and Michael Puckett.
She lived in five different states and always claimed Ohio to be the best. She wanted to thank her many faithful customers of Mama Guzzardi's who have been visiting her at the restaurant for the past 27 years.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations please be made to Aultman Hospice and the Compassionate Care Center. The family was extremely grateful for the wonderful care that they gave during this time. Katherine has asked that there not be calling hours or a funeral service. The family is planning a Celebration of Life Service (date and time TBD). Please check the Mama Guzzardi's Italian Restaurant Facebook page for updates. We will miss you, Nanny! Online condolences to:
Schneeberger Funeral Home
2222 Fulton Road N.W. Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository on June 17, 2014