Ronald D. Carabbia, Struthers, Ohio

STRUTHERS, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Ronald D. Carabbia, 92, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday afternoon, December 22, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman.

Mr. Carabbia was born April 8, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Tony and Mary Carbone Carabbia.

A graduate of Struthers High School, Ron, a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, enlisted at the end of World War II and served in the Pacific region and participated in the occupation of China.

Ron was honorably released in 1948 and returned to the area and worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube for a short time.

He met the love of his life, Josephine Constantino and six months later they were married on November 26, 1960. They decided to raise their family in the Struthers-Poland area and built their house on Knollwood Ave .

Entrepreneur, Ron was the founding owner of Crown Vending in Struthers. In addition to Crown Vending, Ron has had many business ventures over the years. He always enjoyed the challenge of organizing and running new businesses and, until his death, continued to pursue the art of closing a business.

Ron’s many pleasures included spending time in his home in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, biking, running eight to ten miles a day, great wine, great food, and celebrating the Christmas season.

Her family was the center of her life and her circle of friends were her best friends. Two friends who played a very special role are Vito, who was like Ron and Pete’s second son, who was there for him every day for the past ten years.

Ron will be remembered for his humility and generosity; quietly helping those in need and his love for his family and friends.

Ron leaves his 61-year-old wife, JoJo at home; daughter, Sheryl Carabbia of Boardman; son, Ronald Carabbia of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; seven grandchildren, Alicia and Anthony (Melissa Burke) Horvath, Ronald and Rionna Carabbia, Tiffany (Dr Joseph) Barak, Courtney (Dr Tom) Hagele and Alexa (Dustin) Baker; four great-grandchildren, Helena, James and Corina Hagele and Joseph Barak; sister-in-law, Sally Ann Almasy from Poland and wonderful and beloved nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by his sister, Jean Celec and his brother, Charles Carabbia.

Friends will be received on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.

A Christian funeral mass will follow at 11:00 am, with Father Matthew Humerickhouse officiating. A mask is compulsory in the church.

The private family burial will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Arrangements are made by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Ron’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr Patsy Buccino and the staff, Dr Joe Barak and Dr Joshua Gady, for the exceptional care they have provided to Ron.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like monetary contributions sent to the funeral home or family to be scattered to the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church accordingly.

To send flowers to Ronald’s family, please visit our flower shop.

A TV Tribute will air on Monday, December 27 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.

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