Ann (Annie) (Radice) Rozzo, age 84, passed away on November 4, 2021 at her home in Ashtabula surrounded by family. She endured cancer and diabetes for twenty years. She was born on May 25, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio. to Sicilian immigrants; Sebastiano, a World War I veteran, and Rosa (Corica) Radice.
While a student at Cleveland Heights High School and Charles F. Brush High School, Annie was a lifeguard and active in sports and student government. She was proud to have paid her way through John Carroll University and Kent State University through the jobs she held at St. Gregory the Great School and John Carroll library. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and taught for fifteen years.
She married Felix Rozzo on June 29, 1963 at St. Gregory the Great Church in South Euclid, Ohio. As newlyweds, they lived in Munroe Falls, OH and later moved to Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Nineteen years later, they moved to their home in South Euclid, Ohio. They spent summers and many weekends on the family farm in Saybrook, Ohio as well as in Ashtabula, Ohio where she and Felix managed their rental properties and enjoyed time at their home on Lake Erie.
In retirement, she and her husband pursued their dream to start their own business, Wholly Donuts, in South Euclid. In 2003, they established residency in Grayson, Georgia to enjoy the snow bird lifestyle and to be near their daughters. She was a member of St. Oliver Plunkett Church in Snellville, Georgia where she enjoyed knitting and crocheting many baby blankets for the Loving Stitches Ministry. Each summer she looked forward to returning to her beloved Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Annie loved traveling out west with friends to California and The Grand Canyon. She and Felix also spent their honeymoon traveling to California along historic Route 66 and camping at Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Additional favorite destinations include trips to the Caribbean as well as, visits to Florida, Mexico, and Italy. She was an avid reader and loved to collect recipes, bake and cook. Her homemade cookies, pizza, ravioli, and soups were family favorites. She had a distinctive, joyful laugh that always brought smiles to those around her. She loved to garden and worked hard to grow her own vegetables and flowers all the way through her last summer.
Annie was preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister Ann, and her eldest sister Vincenza (Vee) Liviola in 2016.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Felix Rozzo, an Ashtabula native, children Paul Rozzo of Ashtabula, Kristie (Virin) Vedder of Snellville, GA, Paula (Eric) Wolman of Suwanee, GA, grandchildren Corey Vedder and Evelyn Vedder, siblings Josephine Lamancusa and Paul Radice, Carmela (Sam) Cira, who was like a sister, brother-in-law Francis (Janet) Rozzo, sisters-in-law, Virginia West, Cynthia Rozzo, Vivian Rozzo, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation bbrfoundation.org, which invests in neuroscience and psychiatric research to develop ways to prevent and treat brain and behavior disorders.
Per her wishes, no visitation or service will be held. There will be a private, family interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Guerriero Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Those wishing to view a memorial slideshow may visit guerrierofuneralhome.com.https://youtu.be/hO2gX01v1iY
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