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Age 89, of Dover, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the New Dawn Retirement Community.
Born Oct. 23, 1924, in Midvale, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Zambotti) Festi. Lena graduated from St. Joseph High School, Dover; and, on May 17, 1947, married Albert V. Antonelli in St. Joseph Church, Dover. The couple reared six children and shared nearly 56 years of marriage prior to Albert's passing on Feb. 28, 2003. Lena was a loving homemaker, and a faithful member of St. Joseph Church where she belonged to the Christian Mothers Group and the Third Order of Secular Franciscans. She especially enjoyed productions of The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, playing cards with family and friends, and couples bowling.
Survivors include three daughters: Patricia Lorenzoni (David) of Stone Creek, Mary Lenarz (Stephen) of Dover, and Angela Antonelli (Don Boyd) of Dallas, Texas; three sons: Albert Antonelli (Terri) of Dayton, Anthony Antonelli (Jean) and Michael Antonelli (Kay), both of Cleveland; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-child; three brothers: Frank Festi (Angeline), John Festi and Ralph Festi (Marie), all of Dover; sister-in-law, Sue Festi of Dover; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, and her husband, Albert, she was preceded in death by two infant sisters, three brothers: Virgil, Eligio and Lewis Festi.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 17th., at 10:30 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, Dover, with Fr. Jimmy Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Dover. Following the committal, there will be a luncheon in the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center on the Boulevard, Dover. Family and friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory, Dover, on Wednesday, 58 p.m. A Christian Wake service will be held Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Lena, please visit the Obituaries and Flowers link on the funeral home's website. The family suggests that contributions in Lena's memory be made to St. Joseph Church, 613 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, Ohio 44622, or, to Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, 777 Third St. N.E., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes & Crematory
803 N Wooster Ave
Dover, OH 44622
Published in The Times Reporter from July 13 to July 14, 2014