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Antoinette J. “Babe” Aprile

ANTOINETTE J. “Babe” APRILE (nee Bellante) age 86, beloved wife for 66 years of Santo “Sandy”; loving mother of Debra Wert (husband James), Manny (wife Audrey), Lisa Wolfgram (husband Michael), Charlene Smrdel (husband Gregory); devoted grandmother of Tera Cowdin, Kristen Albino, Frank Stoner, Louis and Marissa Blanco, Anthony and Rachelle Aprile, great-grandmother of 5 and extended grandmother of 5.

Antoinette was born on November 18, 1930 and sadly passed away on November 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi and belonged to Collinwood Memories and Little Italy Retirees. Antoinette attended Collinwood High school and was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and swing dancing in her free time. Antoinette loved going to the casino and playing the slot machines. She enjoyed listening to the music of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Antoinette loved to travel, especially to Florida. She got the most enjoyment out of life by spending time with her kids, grandkids, and her home in which she filled with love. Antoinette was strong-willed, loving, a fighter, spoke her peace and a great mom. She will be dearly missed by all.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory; Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040 at 11 AM. Burial following at Knollwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Babe at THE CHURCH FRIDAY MORNING 10:30-11 AM. Online obituary, guestbook, & order flowers at

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  1. Denise C Skelton :

    Char, I know how much you loved your Mom so I know that this is a great loss for you and your family. You will be in my prayers. What a beautiful lady!

  2. Mrs. Aprile was such a positive part of my childhood. I am sure she will be missed by many. May her memory be a light in the dark days ahead. – Renee Rockman

  3. Donna n Al Span :

    Rest in Peace Auntie Babe….may your loving memory stay in the hearts of your friends and family…till we Meet again..

  4. Debbie I am leaving my condolences for your entire family. I know how painful it is to lose a Mom as you know when Susie and I lost our mom. I am sending lots of prayers for your family and my deepest sorrow. There’s nothing like the love of a mom that brought you into this world love you

  5. Joyce DiFranco :

    Sandy & Family our Deepest Sympathy. We were very sorry to hear of Babe’s passing.

  6. Janice Aprile Becker :

    Sandy,and family so sorry to hear about your wife and beautiful mother . My deepest condolences during this hard time.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Keep many memories.

  8. So sorry for your loss. May your family find peace at this difficult time.

  9. Frank Tombazzi :

    Dear Mr. Aprile and beautiful Aprile family:
    May God give you all strength and extra blessing during this difficult time. Mrs. Aprile was always a joy to be around as she was not afraid of anything it seemed. She had a welcoming-beautiful smile and a good heart. The Tombazzi family sure misses our times together! I’m sorry we grown somewhat distant, our loss. We hope and pray for your peace, comfort and strength through faith as we greive the loss of your beautiful Wife and Mothe, and our dear friend, Mrs. Babe Aprile. May God grant Her Eternal appiness in heaven as she departs from this earthly life. always know she remains with you in Spirit.
    Your friends forever: Frank & Laurel (wife), Louis, Rose and Alan (Husband) and parents, Ivo and Veronica (Godmother).

  10. Linda and Richard Adamic :

    Dear Sandy and Family…

    We were so sorry to hear that Babe passed away. She was a beautiful lady and will be missed by so many. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the Memorial Mass because we are already in Naples for the season. Hope to see you when we get home.

    Love you, Linda and Rich Adamic ♥️

  11. Sandy I’m sorry to hear about Babe. My sincerest sympathy.

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