Virginia Amato (1923 - 2014)

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Virginia M. Amato

SHELBY: Virginia M. Amato, 90, formerly of 2838 Myers Rd., Shelby died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Cleveland.

Born May 14, 1923, in Crestline, to George and Alice (Stine) Herrmann she had been a Shelby resident much of her life, relocating to Cleveland in 2001. A 1941 graduate of Crestline High School, she served in the U.S Naval Women's Reserve (WAVES) during WWII and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was employed with the Erie Ordnance Depot in Port Clinton and the Shelby Wilkins Air Force Depot.

Ginny was a member of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Altar & Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella and K of C Ladies Auxiliary. In addition, she enjoyed being a part of the long-standing Wednesday ladies' "breakfast club."

An avid gardener, nature-lover, and movie fan, Virginia also was a sports enthusiast who, throughout the years, enjoyed following the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. As a young girl, Ginny played many sports; as an adult she enjoyed bowling, golf, volleyball, water aerobics and walking. She was a great cook, and she used that talent as a kitchen worker during St. Mary's Bingo games and at numerous church festivals and Christmas bazaars.

During her years living in Cleveland, Virginia enjoyed trips to various museums, shopping areas, and parks. With her daughters and caregivers, Gail and Elaine, she also explored many Cleveland neighborhoods and enjoyed dining out in these locales.

Surviving are her two daughters, Sue Amato of Cleveland and Joanie Amato (Dante Bell) of Lakewood, nieces, nephews, other relatives and caregivers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Amato in 1993, two sisters, Marcella Cook and Joan Molnar and four brothers, Dale, Leonard, Charles, and George Herrmann, Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Father James Sanford will officiate with interment in Most Pure Heart of Mary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM where the rosary will be recited at 6:45PM. Memorial expressions may be made to Kingwood Center, 900 Park Ave W, Mansfield, OH 44906.

On line condolences may be made at

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Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N Gamble St Shelby, OH 44875
(419) 342-6356
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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 9, 2014
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