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Tindara "Tina" (Spano) Catanese
March 21, 1925 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Tindara (Tina) Catanese, age 96, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Frank Catanese; loving mother of Nancy (deceased), Joseph (Patricia), and Anthony (Lynette); grandmother of Frank (Gina), Kathleen (James Reeher), Melissa (Ed Panar), Joseph (Avril), Tana, Carly (Tom O’Neil), and Shana Stiel (Jason); great grandmother to James Reeher and Hudson Stiel, and treasured aunt to Joyce Kandrach (Frank), Sam Totino (Amy), and Elizabeth Stiffler (David). Beloved by her family including her sister-in-law, cousins, and nipoti in Italy. The daughter of Antonino Spanó Bascio and Angela Miragliotta, Tina was born in Piraino, Sicily on March 21, 1925. She was raised in a family of textile workers. Her grandmothers were weavers and spinners and her grandfather worked on a farm that crushed plants to make thread. They taught her the art of crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, and sewing. She left school after the third grade to work on their farm. In 1947, Tina married Frank Catanese in Caronia Sicily, and they immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1955 with their children. In Ohio, Tina worked for the Antenna Specialists for over thirty years alongside her Italian amiche. Above all else, she valued hard work, family, and faith. She was a devoted Catholic who believed in the power of praying the rosary. She loved to gift her handmade creations of beautiful blankets, linens, and clothing to family and friends. But her greatest joy was to feed her family, baking biscotti, bread, and cooking tomato sauce, meatballs, and delicately fried chicken cutlets. Tina will live on in our hearts, in the recipes and needlework she left us, and every time we hear the song “Que Sera, Sera.” Family and friends may call at Vicchiarelli Funeral Home 5252 Mayfield Road Lyndhurst OH 44124 from 8:30-9:30AM on Friday October 8, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial following at 10AM at St. Clare Church. Entombment at Knollwood Cemetery. Out of respect for one another, masks are required and social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name at the Santuario del Tindari at: https://santuariotindari.it/