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Virgil Minniti

April 2, 1932 — February 21, 2017

Virgil Minniti, 84, of Girard, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at his home. Virgil was born April 2, 1932, in Girard, Ohio. He was the son of Demetrio and Giovanna Minniti. Virgil proudly served his country in the Army, with distinction, during the Korean War. He was employed for over fifty years, working at a bowling alley as a very young man and then, the US Steel McDonald Works, the Ohio Leather Works, and finally retiring from Brainard Rivet Co.

He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a loving ''Nonno''. He was a ''Hero'' in the eyes of his nieces and nephews. He was generous to his friends, sharing with them a wealth of skills and services. He gave his time when they needed, and never for pay. He enjoyed Frozen Mochas, gardening, TV movies, listening to Country Western and Italian songs, playing cards, and mind bending metal puzzles. He raised a variety of farm like animals for many years. In addition, he raised as many as 500 variety of pigeons at one time, earlier in his life.

He is survived by his six children, Demetrio (Georgia Smith), Girard; Virgil (Debbie), Liberty; Philip (Annette), Girard; Giovanna (Ken) Whitfield, Girard; Felicia (Matt) Mesaros, Canfield; Frank (Tamara), Niles; seventeen grandchildren, Virgil III, Nico, Ashley, Philip Jr., Gino, Deidre´, Dante, Gabriella, Malena, Jacob, Adam, Krista, Alan, Sabrina, Andrew, Santino, and Gianni.

In addition to his parents, as well as his siblings, Anna, Mary, Philip(infant), Philip, Carmel, Sam, Angelo, Helen, (Joseph, & Michael -twin infants), he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Francesca Minniti, whom he married July 24, 1960 and who died September 15, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 27, at 12:00 PM at St. Rose Church in Girard, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10 AM - 12 PM at the church. Virgil will be laid to rest next to his wife in Girard City Cemetery.


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