Shirley M. Nappi, 94, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Villa At the Lake in Conneaut, Ohio.
Born on August 2, 1924, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of Carey C. and Eleanor (Gallup) Luce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Nappi, to whom she was married for 63 years; her parents; a sister, Lena Amagean Esterhay; and, a brother, Wallace James Luce. She is survived by her son, Frank Nappi, Jr., and her four daughters: Lucinda Palmer, Charlotte Frye, Marcella Novak (John), and Norma Marion (David), her brother, Milton G. Luce, as well as her grandchildren: Nancy Kuns (Dr. Bryan); Cynthia Nappi; Samuel Nappi (Traci); William Palmer; Steven Palmer (Beth); Valerie Palmer; Jeremy Cartner (Andrea); Andrew Viancourt (Becca); Jessica Johnson (Chris; and Michael Marion. Her great-grandchildren are: Kaitlyn Edwards (Chad); Dr. Brianne Kuns; Derek Kuns (fiancee' Olivia Tuck); Paige Nappi; Maria Rose Nappi, Harlee Nappi, Enzo Anthony Nappi; Raeana Kiss; Ethan Palmer; Benjamin Palmer; Connor Viancourt; Oliver Cartner; Charlie Cartner; and Agatha Cartner; Rebecca Johnson. Her great-great grandchildren are Ronan Edwards, Gideon Edwards, and Athanasius Edwards. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Nappi was a licensed cosmetologist. She enjoyed bowling and golfing and gardening. She was a person who appreciated fine arts to a great extent and reading, music, and artistic activities were among her interests. She made beautiful and lasting blankets for every new baby in the family as well as for others. She loved babies and had open welcoming arms for all of them. She canned and baked and cooked because she was a homemaker who took care of her family.
She was a member of the Edgewood High School class of 1942. After high school she worked at McMorris Dairy Store in Ashtabula where she met her husband, Frank Nappi, when he stopped by to get ice cream for a sister's birthday party. They fell in love and were married at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church by Msgr. John Davidson. Their marriage lasted for 63 years until her husband passed away in April of 2006. Mrs. Nappi was a convert to the Catholic faith and she embraced it and was very devoted to it. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
She has left a legacy of what it means to be a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She loved deeply and was loved deeply in return.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at The Villa at the Lake in Conneaut, Ohio. A special thank you is extended to Fr. Philip Miller and to Fr. David Bridling, both of whom offered consolation and support to Shirley when she needed it most.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Guerriero Funeral Home at 1550 West 19th Street in Ashtabula, with a funeral service to begin at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place at the St. Joseph Cemetery.