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Carmella DeJohn

CARMELLA “MELL” DeJOHN (nee Liuzzo) age 89, beloved and devoted wife for 67 years of Rev. Mr. Ross C. Sr. (retired Mayor, City of Mayfield Heights); cherished mother of Ross C. Jr (wife Patricia), Michael A. (wife Mary Alice and the late Catherine), Robert J. (wife Lori), Carla M. Prusak (husband Michael) and Christine A. D’Alessandro (husband James); loving grandmother “Nana” of Ross C. III, Melissa Capretta (Riccardo), Mark, Christopher (Sarah), Daniel, Christina Chianese (A.J.), Michael J., James D’Alessandro, Michael Prusak, Teresa, twins Thomas and Michael D’Alessandro, Bobby and great-grandmother “Mama Mell” of Lola, Stella, Georgia, Charlie, Owen, Olive, Henry and Benjamin; devoted daughter of the late Anthony and Illuminata “Lena” Liuzzo; dearest sister of Mary Liuzzo, Mario Liuzzo (wife Joanne) and the late Joseph (wife Shirley, deceased), Anthony Liuzzo and Nancy Mazzone (husband Biagio, deceased); dear sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend of many.

Carmella was born on January 23, 1927 in Bronte, Sicily and died on July 28, 2016 with her loving family by her side.  She came to the United States with her mother, through Ellis Island in New York, when she was two months old.  They joined her father and settled in Cleveland where she grew up.  Carmella attended John Adams High School and quit after the eleventh grade to go to work to help support her family.  She was a dress maker and seamstress for the old J. Brock & Co.

She married the love of her life Ross DeJohn, October 29, 1949. They moved to Mayfield Heights in 1953 and resided there until 2015 when they moved to Willoughby to the Breckenridge Retirement Complex.

Carmella was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church since 1953. She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Clare, involved in the Renewal program and a Eucharistic Minister at the Cleveland Clinic in the ministry to the sick.  She also was involved in the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Carmella loved bowling, playing slot machines and traveling; especially to Italy and Florida. She was a tremendous cook and baker and an excellent seamstress.   She also loved to garden. Carmella enjoyed shopping, which her husband liked to call retail therapy.

Carmella was a loving, giving and generous person. She was a strong willed and determined woman who dedicated her life to raising her children and supporting her entire family.  She had a witty sense of humor and she enjoyed the simple things in life.  She was honest and you always knew where you stood with her; but if you had to sum up her life, the best words that would describe Carmella would be hospitable and dedicated.  She always welcomed people into her home and never stopped serving her guests whether you were family or friends and hungry or not! Carmella was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren, and to her entire extended family and never stopped serving her family up until the end. She was a caregiver to all and touched many lives throughout her life.

She overcame many obstacles in her life with all of her health issues from her lupus, arthritis, kidney cancer surgery, dialysis to a kidney transplant to breaking her neck. Her will, determination and toughness, but most of all her faith got her through life. She taught us how to live and showed us how to die.  She will be missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mel’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH  44110, Ursuline Sisters Ministry Fund 2600 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, OH  44124 or Sisters of Notre Dame 13000 Auburn Rd., Munson Twp., OH  44024.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday August 3, 2016 at St Clare Catholic Church at 10:30 AM. Entombment  following at All Souls Mausoleum. Please join us to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Mell at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) MONDAY 5-8 PM and TUESDAY 1-3 and 5-8 PM.

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  1. Andrew DiLiddo Jr :

    Ross Jr. and the tamily of friends of Carmella: My deepest condolences at your loss. Ross, when you did my Mom’s funeral this past weekend I had no idea you would be facing this yourself. My prayers are with all of you.

  2. Deacon Tom Peshek :

    My sincere condolences go out to the DeJohn extended family.
    May the Lord of hope and resurrection welcome her into his loving embrace.

    My prayer of support and healing to all of you.
    Tom

  3. Danni Hubbard :

    May you all be blessed with peace as you recall the happy memories with Carmella. Her influence and presence will always be demonstrated in the kindness and goodness in all of you.

  4. A very special woman and family who helped make Mayfield Hts, Ohio a great city In a great nation!
    God Bless The DeJohn family!

  5. Andy, Rhonda and Bobby Fornaro :

    What an honor to have known such a beautiful lady for most of our lives. We are so sorry and our thoughts and prayers go out to your Dad and family. Keep the wonderful memories you have of her alive so that she will live on in your hearts forever.

  6. Joanne Soros :

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    I’m Joe and Terry Monastra’s daughter.
    Carmella was a beautiful lady.

  7. Dolores Gentile :

    Ross, Patty and family. My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers for your entire family.

  8. Ron bramley :

    My condolences to the entire dejohn family you have been there when I needed to rent somewhere if you need anything please let me know you are in my thoughts and prayers

  9. Bonnie Vinci :

    To the DeJohn family,

    My most heart felt condolences on the loss of Carmella. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May she rest in peace. May you find comfort in this most difficult time. You hold a special place in my heart and mind as you have done wonderful services for my deceased loved ones, mom and dad, niece and brother. Many blessings.

  10. Ron and Karen Fornaro :

    Mayor DeJohn and all of the DeJohn Family
    We are very sorry for your loss. Mrs. DeJohn was a wonderful lady that we have had the privilege of knowing for most of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and all of you during this time.
    Ron and Karen Fornaro and Family

  11. stella Antonelli :

    so sorry for you lost such a beautiful kind loveing mother and a beautiful family god bless all at this time and for always she is a angel now will always love you and be with you, her loveing family.

  12. Toni Rassi (Casa Bella Hair Design) :

    My condolences to you Ross and Patty and to your family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you !

  13. Bernard Samac :

    Ross and entire DeJohn family.
    So sorry for your loss, Carmella was such a kind and caring lady.
    My prayers are with you all.

    Bernie Samac

  14. To Chris and the Dr John family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Xoxo,
    Gina, Chuck, Parker and gia

  15. Fred & Kathy Cook :

    Sorry for your loss Ross and family.

  16. James Selfe Sr. :

    My deepest condolences to all the DeJohn family in their great loss. May she rest in Peace.

  17. Deacon Ronald and Elfriede Volek :

    In blessed repose, grant O Lord eternal life to your servant, Carmella, and remember her forever.
    With our prayers for the DeJohn family during this difficult time and yet with our focus on the new life and resurrection promised by Jesus Christ our Lord God and Savior.

  18. Nancy Sanden :

    Our sincere condolences to the DeJohn family from the Brunner Sanden and Deitrick families. May your memories bring you smiles now and forever . The obituary is a Beautiful tribute to your mom. May God bless you all

  19. Jennifer Hancock :

    Sending my deepest sympathies!!! (((Hugs)))) and prayers for your family.

  20. Kelly Cantwell :

    I will always remember the first time I visited the DeJohn’s home. I was a freshman in college, & Carla wanted to introduce me to her family. I’ve never experienced such a warm and loving welcome. Mrs. DeJohn filled her home with laughter, love and food for all! What a remarkable woman who infused who love of life to all lucky enough to meet her! Blessings to your family, Kelly

  21. alan creedy :

    so sorry to hear about your mom, I pray for your peace and comfort

  22. We had so many good times with Mell. She indeed was a special lady and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you.

  23. Michael and family. My sincerest sympathy at the passing of your mom. I know through you what a wonderful person she had to be. I’m sorry for your loss.

  24. Patricia Gronick :

    I am so sorry in the loss of such a beloved woman who filled so many roles so well.
    My love and prayers are with each of you. No matter what the circumstances it is never
    easy to say good-bye to someone you deeply love. She will always be with you, you just won’t be able to see her. In faith, love and friendship.
    Patt and Mike Gronick

  25. The Valenjevick Family :

    My family and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Ross and family on this terrible loss. We were all quite fond of Carmella and the entire DeJohn family. Our prayers are with all of you.

  26. Jane Smeraldi :

    My thoughts are with all of you during this tough time. Mr. DeJohn, you and your wife were so kind to my family, and we always enjoyed seeing you. Ross and family, hugs to all. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  27. Our deepest sympathies to the DeJohn family. It was a privilege to know such a wonderful lady for so many years. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Tom and Barbara LaGatta-San Antonio, Texas

  28. The Heppells :

    Ross Jr., Ross III, Melissa & families,

    We are sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. She seemed to have great life and has created a deep and loving legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the DeJohns.

    Robin, Cindy, Haleigh & Noah Heppell

  29. Lois Jean Mika :

    My deepest condolences to the family on your loss. I went to grade school and high school with Mario, my maiden name was Lois Jean Horvath, and we hung around together in a group. Thanks to the computer I can check the newspaper on line and forward condolences to people I knew way back when I lived in Cleveland. Once again, my sympathies to you and yours.

    Lois Jean Mika
    Westchester, Illinois

  30. Jill Press Shemory :

    Sending out healing hugs. I remember growing up and coming to your house with the wonderful smell of food in the kitchen. Your mom’s voice saying “come and have something to eat”
    Memories to cherish.
    …jill

  31. MICHAEL DONOVAN :

    Kevin and I are so very happy that we had an opportunity to visit with Mel after the family picnic. I will always remember her warm welcome into your wonderful family when I married Mickey and her exceptional hospitality during our many visits to Mayfield Heights over the years. I’m so sorry for your loss and will remember her in my prayers. Mike

  32. Michael Roche and Family :

    Dear Ross and Family: The Roche family wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and family in your bereavement. We were so comforted in our grief just a week ago, in the loss of our dear sister Mary Ellen, with the care DeJohn’s extended us, thanks to you Ross– with you yourself facing the loss of your dear mother. We truly hope that the care which surrounds you will be as you cared for us, a testament to the love which abounds in your family. May God be with you.

  33. Sandra Turner :

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a woman who loved all and was so proud of all of her family,
    Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family

    Bruce, Sandy, Jill and Evan Turner

  34. Simone Boslett& Family :

    I first met Mel and Ross, when our daughter became engaged to their son Bob my husband and I were very nervous, as he was the Mayor of Mayfield Hgts, to us that was the “elite”, as we thought of ourselves as Penna. Hillbillies, but we found them to be warm, friendly and down to earth,they made both of feel special, as the year’s went by you just had to love them, Mel was such a down to earth person, she had a great sense of humor, and gave a helping hand to every one that needed it, her cookies were famous, we alway’s got a box at xmas, and I alway’s had some to bring home with me when I visited Ohio, she was alway’s looking for bargains, she would go to the worst section’s of Cleveland, driving that big town car that she could hardley see over the steering wheel and was never afraid, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer, and was started on a new med, she ran around to all the Pharm’s at night to get it filled, that was just how caring she was, over the year’s I was able to become a friend, and to love her for the warm, caring, funny person that she was, by now I am sure she is one of God’s top angels, and if there is a ketchen in Heaven, she will be making cookies, and pasta for all, I will miss her greatly when I next visit Ohio, I feel that I have been blessed to have known her, and been part of her family, our prayer’s go out to all the family in this very sad time.

  35. Denise Sierputowski :

    My deepest sympathy to the DeJohn family. I remember calling you Uncle Ross and Aunt Carmella. You might not remember me, but I remember your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
    Denise Sierputowski (Pinesi)

  36. May God bless your whole family with comfort and peace. Carmella will be missed, but always remembered as a wonderful, strong, faith filled woman. Love and prayers to you. Bob and Louise Matoney

  37. Terri Basile :

    To all of the DeJohn Family,

    Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother…she was a wonderful person inside and out! I know there are no words that can be said that will take away your pain of this loss, but may God give you all the strength in the days ahead! You have our deepest sympathy and prayer’s! Terri Basile & Family

  38. The Brown Family :

    Dear Bob, our prayers go out to you and your entire family during this difficult time. May our Lord give you peace and comfort knowing she is in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. God Bless the entire DeJohn Family.

  39. I first met Carmella at a bereavement class in 2011 after the death of my mother. She broke the ice at the session with her kind and understanding words. It was a great help to me. Her strength was an encouragement to me as I had a long difficult road ahead of me sharing with my sister in taking care of our father who was 92 at that time. The last time I saw Carmella was at the Tree of Remembrance Ceremony in 2015 where we remembered my Dad who passed March 11,2015, she was just as sweet and loving then. My prayers are with your family at this sad and difficult time. She was a wonderful women, loved by many.

  40. Bob & carol Gura, Naples Fl :

    We offer our deepest sympathy on the death of Carmella. She was a woman of great strength and courage. Our memories of her and the times we all shared will be with us always. Blessings on your whole family

  41. Mr and Mrs. Joel Cavalier :

    Ross and Patty, so sorry for your loss! Having the loss of your mom, at any age is always hard. So sorry Joel and I could not make it to the funeral home. I can still see your face Ross when you came to my mom’s funeral, it meant the world to me. You will be in my prayers and thoughts, please tell the Patti’s also and know we love you and your whole family! The Cavalier Family

  42. Mrs. DeJohn will be sorely missed in the BVN dining room. She was always kind, and had a smile on her face. May she find rest in the Lord. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Heaven gained a true gem.

  43. Christina Miller :

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family! So very sorry for your loss… Much love to you all!

  44. Ross, So very sorry to learn of the loss of your wonderful wife. I think of you often , after the years we worked together on the board. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Chuck Wisby, former State Inspector.

  45. Rosanne Madeja :

    She was a strong and beautiful lady. May God’s loving hand be with all of you. She is in God’s loving presence now. God Bless,

  46. Mike, I’m so sorry for your loss of your lovely Mom, you and your family will be in my thoughts and my prayers……..

  47. Jerry Bowers :

    Dear Ross,
    You are in our prayers. We are sorry for your loss of your dear wife. Your commitment to the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved now stands you in good, as a board member and President. I will not forget working with you, and all the achievements you gained for an organization that I truly cared for.

  48. Connie (Patti) Ballash :

    Aunt Mel was a cherished member of my life and of my daughter’s life. She was a giver in all things and will always share a place in my heart. Although she is in a better place, she will be missed here by all who knew her. I send my love and hugs to all her family.

  49. Please accept my family’s condolences at the loss of your mom. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy through her family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With sympathy,
    Kevin Maher and family

  50. August Quattrochi :

    With deepest sympathy to DeJohn family. My thoughts are with you in this sad moment, in sorrow and rememberance.

  51. Tony Gliozzi :

    Mike and family my condolences to you. May she rest in peace and the perpetual light shine upon her.

  52. Deacon Ed and Jane McCarthy :

    Sending our deepest sympathy with love. May you all know some peace during this time of sadness.

  53. Jill Nebel Friedman :

    Dear Michael and the De John family, growing up around the corner and Lander school are my first memories of you wonderful mom!! She was a true FIRST LADY of Mayfield. My prayers are with all of you!!

  54. Edward Gallagher :

    Dear Ross and Bobby and the entire De John family please accept our condolences in the loss of your mom.May God take her in his hands and give her peace. Maria and Ed Gallagher..

  55. Patty Keegan DeBaltzo :

    Prayers and blessing to the entire DeJohn family – May she RIP

  56. Dave and Linda Favorite :

    Dave and I were very sorry to hear about your Mom. We are thinking and praying for you.

    Sincerely

  57. Evans family :

    We can’t begin to imagine what you’re feeling but please let us share our heartfelt condolences may God Almighty be your strength and support. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family .

  58. Theresa Ritondaro :

    My Sympathy for all Family and loved ones. What a Legacy She has left.

  59. Manrique family :

    My family is sending you, your family & loved ones our deepest condolence. God bless. May he rest in peace..

  60. Charlene Naso :

    To The De John Family:
    I am very sorry about the loss of Carmella. She was truly a dedicated woman to her family and her community. I know how hard it is to lose someone that you love and watch the family get smaller.
    I know she loved all of you and will be waiting to be reunited in a much better place.
    All my love,
    Char Naso

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