Concetta "Celia" (Yannitello) DiNicola, age 100, died unexpectedly Monday, February 18, 2013, at UPMC Hamot. She was born in Erie on June 21, 1912, eldest daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Sabella) Yannitello. She was a lifelong resident of Erie, including several recent years residing at St. Joseph's apartments on West 8th Street and for the past two years at Forestview Health Center on Edinboro Road. She was a cashier for many years at Robert Hall clothing store, East 26th and Parade St. Celia loved music and singing. She was a longtime member of the choir at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, where she began singing at weddings and funerals in her teens. Her singing continued even at her 100th birthday party at Forestview where she sang a humorous ditty to the delight of her well-wishers. Celia was known for her ready sense of humor and words of wisdom about life. She loved her family and friends, her religion, and her Italian heritage. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. DiNicola; sisters Rose Yannitello and Mary Yannitello DeLuca; brothers Alex, John, Carmen ("Duke"), and Angelo Yannitello. Survivors include a son, Robert DiNicola and his wife Pamela of Carmel, Ind.; a grandson Travis DiNicola and his wife, Elizabeth Garber of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Forestview for the care and kindness shown Concetta, as she was known there, and to thank nephew Dik Yannitello and wife Cheryl, and niece Patti DeLuca and partner Elsa Carr for their thoughtful support in recent years. Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St. Saturday from 9 a.m. until Prayer Services there at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Paul's RC Church. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Indy Reads, the non-profit literacy organization directed by Celia's beloved grandson, Travis. Information is available at www.indyreads.org.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 21, 2013