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July 16, 2013

Marie E. ‘Mimi’ Lombardo

VERNON TOWNSHIP — Marie E. Lombardo, 84, known as “Mimi,” of Hunter’s Ridge, Vernon Township, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Marquette Hospice House in Meadville.

Marie was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 29, 1928, the first child of the late George and Clara Santillo. She married the love of her life, Amadeo Lombardo, in Pittsburgh on June 7, 1947, after he returned from naval service in the Pacific during World War II.

Marie was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and a phenomenal cook whose meatballs were always fought over by her children and grandchildren, and her chocolate chip cookies were world famous as her son Michael distributed them to his colleagues at U.S. Embassies: Baghdad, Karachi, Kabul, Jakarta, Abidjan, Bujumbura, Djibouti and others. Her grandchildren now use her recipes for chocolate chip cookies, meatballs and other culinary delights.

Marie and her husband raised two sons and a daughter, first in Pittsburgh and then Rochester, N.Y. She and her husband also lived 15 years in Las Vegas, Nev., after his retirement. They moved to the Meadville area in 2006.

Her surviving family includes husband, Amadeo, of 66 years, who cared for her during her decline from Alzheimer’s disease; son, Tom Lombardo (Hope) of Atlanta; daughter, Amy Lombardo (Darel) of Cambridge Springs; son, Michael Lombardo (Netty) of Arlington, Va.; brother, Don Santillo (Lois) of Murraysville; sisters, Ann DeAngelis of Finleyville and Laverne Barrasso (Carmen) of Ware, Mass.; grandchildren, Michelle Arbogast (Jeffrey) of Amherst, N.H., Jeffrey Kuklinski (Lisa) of Sewickley, Robert Kuklinski of Erie, Alyssa Lombardo of Fort Collins, Colo., Lucia Lombardo of Atlanta, Sam Lombardo of Atlanta and Pinta Marie “Mimi” Lombardo of Arlington, Va.; and great-grandchildren, Gannon Arbogast of Amherst, N.H., and Lydia Joy Kuklinski of Sewickley. Her sister, Carmella Roy Kearsley of Marshfield, Mass., preceded her in death by 12 days. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews.

Marie passed her love of reading to all of her children and, as a result, indirectly to her grandchildren. She loved to play cards and board games and taught her children and grandchildren the importance of winning and allowed them to experience losing — regularly — one of life’s most important lessons. Her children will remember her for her ability to provide food, clothing, shelter and a quality education in some difficult economic times. Her children will also remember her for her ability to laugh, yell at them for something and then a short time later hold them close and wipe away their tears. They will never forget that she hated bread crumbs in the butter, and at breakfast each morning as toast is served, they think of this, and her.

Memorial service will be held July 26 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Marshall Lillie of Marquette Hospice House officiating, at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville.

Donations in memory of Marie Lombardo may be made to support the wonderful and supportive work of Marquette Hospice House, Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville. Please sign the guestbook at hatheway-tedesco.com.

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