Per la rubrica “Montagutesi abroad“, la redazione di Montaguto.com ricorda che qualche giorno fa, l’8 maggio, è stato il nono anniversario della morte di Clara Angela (Schiavone) Merlo, nata a Montaguto il 12 agosto 1911 da Carmine e Anna Valeria Schiavone. La sua famiglia emigrò nel 1927, prima a Boliver, New York, e poi a Youngstown, Ohio.
È stata sposata con Nicholas A. Merlo, che morì nel 1985. Avevano quattro figlie: Phyllis Ann Metzler di Columbus, Ohio, Clarice Marshall di Canfield, Cynthia Ricci di Austintown e la dottoressa Alida Merlo Ashley di Pittsburgh; alcuni nipoti: Kevin e Brian Wojtowicz di Tampa, Florida, Andrea (Eduardo) Bubbe, John Ricci Jr. e Nannette (Jason) Tibolla di Austintown, e Alexandra Ashley of Pittsburgh. E anche pronipoti: Michael and Mathew Budde e Nicholas Tibolla.
Angela era la sorella del dottor Guido (Virginia) Schiavone di Waldo, Florida, e Irvine, California, Leonard (Vera) Schiavone, e Yole (Emil) Conte di Youngstown, ed Emil (Phyllis) Schiavone di Gainesville, Florida.
Ecco l’articolo originale tratto dal sito Vindy.com (http://www4.vindy.com/extra/tributes/915407572.html)
AUSTINTOWN – Clara Angela (Schiavone) Merlo died peacefully on May 8. The daughter of Carmine and Anna Valeria Schiavone, she was born Aug. 12, 1911, in Montaguto, Italy. Her family emigrated in 1927, first settling in Boliver, N.Y., and then Youngstown, Ohio.
She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas A. Merlo, who died in 1985. She was the loving, generous, and devoted mother of four daughters, Phyllis Ann Metzler of Columbus, Ohio, Clarice (Stephen) Marshall of Canfield, Cynthia (John) Ricci of Austintown, and Drs. Alida Merlo (Kevin) Ashley of Pittsburgh. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Kevin and Brian Wojtowicz of Tampa, Fla., Andrea (Eduardo) Bubbe, John Ricci Jr., and Nannette (Jason) Tibolla of Austintown, and Alexandra Ashley of Pittsburgh. She is the great-grandmother to Michael and Mathew Budde and Nicholas Tibolla. She is the sister of Dr. Guido (Virginia) Schiavone of Waldo, Fla., and Irvine, Calif., Leonard (Vera) Schiavone, and Yole (Emil) Conte of Youngstown, and Emil (Phyllis) Schiavone of Gainesville, Fla.
Two other siblings, Oscar Schiavone and her twin, Mary Iside Schiavone Colla, pre-deceased her.
Mrs. Merlo is also survived by her brother-in-law, Michael (Julia) Merlo of Coral Gables, Fla., and Joseph Merlo of Youngstown along with 29 nieces and nephews; and 44 great-nieces and great-nephews.
From 1936 until 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Merlo owned Wickliffe Department Store, the first department store in Austintown, on Mahoning Avenue. They were Charter Members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. Mrs. Merlo was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Italamer Club, Colombian Federation Lodge, the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 301, Eagles Aerie 3298 Woman Auxiliary, a founding member of the Casa Savoia, Immaculate Heart of Mary Senior Citizens, St. Christine’s Senior Citizens, Union Grocer’s Auxiliary, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Bowling League.
She volunteered at Immaculate Heart of Mary School for many years beginning with the school’s opening in 1954. Mrs. Merlo was also a long-standing member of a number of card clubs, and she was particularly fond of her bridge club. She was optimistic, kind, wise, loving, and quick to share her home and her sense of humor every day of her life.