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Concetta “Connie” Teresi

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On December 23, 2020 @ 4:23 pm In Chesterland,Obituaries | 11 Comments

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CONCETTA M. “CONNIE” TERESI (nee Tringale) age 95, beloved wife of the late Mario; loving mother of Marie Cavotta (husband Joseph), Diana Mitchell Bartel (husband James) and Celeste DeSapri (husband Dennis); devoted grandmother of Joseph Cavotta, Jr.,  Monica Mitchell, Valerie Volker (husband Clark), Christina Cavotta, Armand DeSapri and the late Russell Mitchell and Elisa DeSapri and great-grandmother of Kent and Nico; cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria (nee Runci) Tringale; dearest sister of the late Carmen Tringale and Josephine Viccarone (husband James, deceased); dear aunt, great-aunt and cousin of many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Connie to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Connie was born on January 1, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio and passed away on December 21, 2020. Her parents had migrated to Cleveland from Letojanni, Sicily. Her family owned and operated the Mayfield Fish Market in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood, where she grew up and attended Murray Hill School. She later graduated from John Hay High School, in 1943. Connie was married at Holy Rosary Church to her “prince”, Mario, and they later had three daughters. In 1962 they moved to Lyndhurst, Ohio. They joined St. Clare Parish, where she became a member of the choir.

Connie worked earlier in her life, but became a full-time homemaker, graciously raising her daughters, while caring for her invalid mother. She was an excellent Sicilian cook who enjoyed entertaining. Her kitchen and dining room were often the preferred gathering spots. She hosted many luncheons and dinners for foreign exchange students attending Case Western Reserve University, from various countries. It was a sign of her hospitality, and also a cultural learning experience for her family. She made excellent biscotti, pizzelle, and cheesecake, and her apple strudel was like no other!!

After her children were grown, she returned to the workforce, taking a position in the accounting department at May Company Department Store (now Macy’s). There she remained, despite other job offers, for twenty years, until she retired. Connie was an avid card player, enjoying Pinochle, Poker and Rummy. She had interests and excelled in art, especially drawing and sculpting, as well as sewing. She made clothing for her children when they were young.

When she became a widow, she assisted her daughter, Diana, in her home-based sewing business. She got involved in volunteer work at the St. Clare soup kitchen and later, with St. Paschal Baylon Helping Hands Cooking Ministry. She made friends easily, had a sense of humor, and never said an unkind word about anyone. She found the good in everyone she met. Connie will be remembered as a most caring and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by so many who knew her.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Clare Catholic Church 5659 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124. Livestream of services available here. [1] Burial following at Lake View Cemetery. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND.

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Condolence from Evans family on December 24th, 2020 5:04 am

Sharing your sadness as you remember Ms. Connie. May your memories console you and may God sustain you with his precious promise to someday soon reunite us with our loved ones. Truly sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Debbi Birk on December 25th, 2020 2:41 pm

Connie will be remembered for being a loving and kind person who brought joy to everyone who knew her. She will be missed.

Condolence from Janice April Becker and Jim on December 27th, 2020 1:37 pm

So sorry to hear about your mom .. such a sweet lady long time friend of our family may she RIP

Condolence from Linda and Richard Adamic on December 27th, 2020 4:02 pm

Dear Marie, Diana and Celeste and the entire Teresi Family…
We were very sorry to hear your Dear Mother passed away. She was a very lovely Lady and will be missed by so many. May she Rest In Peace…
Sending our Love to all of you,
Linda and Richard Adamic

Condolence from Diana Bartel on December 27th, 2020 8:24 pm

Dear Linda and Richard,
Thank you for your kind words. Our mother was truly lovely and quite a Lady. We learned so much from her and are thankful to have had her in our lives for so long. We will miss her. Every day was a gift, and it was so heartwarming to see her face light up each time she saw us. God has been good to us.
Love, Diana

Condolence from Nancy Teresi Truett on December 28th, 2020 6:11 pm

Dear Marie, Diana, Celeste and Families,
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of “Aunt Connie.” She was truly the essence of what it means to be kind, cheerful, loving, and full of hospitality! I have so many cherished childhood memories from both Little Italy and at your home in Lyndhurst with your mom as the mainstay and center of it all. For me and my family, Aunt Connie will most certainly be missed! And I know that for each of you, she will certainly be missed. I am very sorry that I am not able to travel to Ohio at this time. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all and our sincere condolences from Nancy Grace and family –

Condolence from Mike & Wendy Cavotta on December 29th, 2020 10:07 am

So sorry to hear about Connie’s passing. She was always happy to see you and had a smile on her face. She will be missed. Deepest condolences to family.

Condolence from Carm Sielatycki on December 29th, 2020 10:10 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother. I remember her as always having a smile on her face. Carm Navarra Sielatycki and Josephine Navarra

Condolence from Tom Faranda on December 30th, 2020 7:15 pm

Tom and Cheryl Faranda to our dear Cousins.
Cheryl and I send our love to you in this difficult time.
I want you to know that our dear Aunt Connie was my
favorite Aunt for my entire life. One of the big joys of a
trip to Cleveland was a visit to see Aunt Connie. She was
always full of love and joy and she loved everyone. She
was remarkable and was always a roll model to all of us.
We remember the wonderful smile, amazing meals,
holiday parties, Little Italy events and more. It was a joy
to listen to and remember the stories that all of us shared.
Aunt Connie is at rest now and with the LORD and dear
Uncle Mario. She will never be forgotten and she will be
honored by all of us forever.
Our love to you and our prayers for you,
Tom and Cheryl Faranda

Condolence from Marie Farinacci on January 6th, 2021 9:39 am

Dear Family: Denise and her family and myself have sent contributions in your dear mother’s name to St.Jude Hospital for Children. She was truly a lovely lady and now God’s has another angel in heaven.

Condolence from Diana Bartel on January 22nd, 2021 1:15 pm

Thank you, Marie and Denise. It was so nice to see you and have a chance to talk. Yes, Mom was very special, not only to us, but to many people. We have so many beautiful memories. The video above says it best.

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