POLAND – Anita Grace D’Eramo, 87, passed away on Wednesday evening, February 10, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born on June 5, 1933 in Mahoningtown, Pennsylvania, to Frank Dominick and Emma Margaret Nocera Dattilo.
After graduating from New Castle High School in 1951, Anita attended Franco Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh and completed her curriculum in 1956. She then opened her own beauty salon, which she simply called “Anita’s”. In addition to starting her own business, she also worked as a medical transcriptionist and medical secretary at St. Francis Hospital in New Castle.
After they got married, she left her career and moved to Youngstown, where she took on her new roles as woman, mother and housewife. The joys of her life have always revolved around her family and her beliefs. She was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.
Anita always had an infectious love for life and a willingness to learn. She spent many of her later years spending time with her sisters, playing bingo with her friends at church, doing crossword puzzles, and using her iPad to explore and satisfy her curiosities. The joie de vivre she had was reinforced when she took on her new role as “Nana”. She cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren and was most comfortable being at home with them.
Anita’s husband Valentino D’Eramo, whom she married on September 1, 1973, preceded her death on June 14, 1994.
She is survived by her daughter Valerie (Paul) Palumbo; and two grandchildren, Anthony Valentino and Dominic Vincent of Poland. In addition to her daughter’s family, four siblings, Jacqueline Conti, Cornelia Dattilo and Frank (Margaret) Dattilo, all from New Castle, and Leah (Lowell) Meek from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, survive. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, her brother, Most Venerable Nicholas C. Dattilo, former Catholic Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died before Anita. A sister-in-law, Marietta (Chester), also died before her. Frattaroli; and two brothers-in-law, Patsy D’Eramo and Frank Conti.
The family would particularly like to thank Dr. Erdal Sarac and Dr. Thank you Nino Rubino for the support and compassion they showed Anita while she was under their care.
The family would be negligent without mentioning the excellent care they received at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. During their time there, the medical staff maintained the highest level of care, professionalism and empathy.
Telephone hours will take place on Monday, February 15, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Higgins-Reardon funeral home in the Chapel of Poland.
Prayers will begin on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Christian burial at 10 a.m. in the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family in Poland. The burial takes place in Lake Park Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family asks for donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Condolences can be sent at www.higgins-reardon.com.