Catherine  Diroll


Catherine "Kitty" Diroll, 93, died peacefully on May 24, 2019, from head injuries incurred in a fall a few days earlier. She suffered little.
Born in 1926 in DuBois to unmarried parents of feuding Italian- and Irish-American families, Kitty was raised by her paternal grandmother, who died when she was 5.
Kitty largely spoke Italian as a bambina until learning English at an orphanage, a language she intoned with amusing quirks. Her uncle, George Petergal, freed her from the home as a young teen to assist with housework. They lived in various towns, including Canfield, Ohio. She was independent by 16 and settled in Youngstown, Ohio.
Kitty married Robert "Bob" Diroll of Hubbard, Ohio in 1951. He worked in the electrical engineering department at Westinghouse in Sharon. Kitty and Bob spent a few years in Youngstown and Hubbard before moving to Brookfield, Ohio, in 1959. They remained affectionate spouses until Bob's death in 1987.
Kitty didn't finish high school, yet her five children with Bob earned 10 college degrees and have worthy careers. They are David of Columbus, Ohio, a lawyer; Robert Jr ("RJ") of Youngstown (Evaline Abram), a teacher; Rosanne of Hubbard, a teacher; Annette Hopkins of Medina (Rick), a postal worker; and JoAnn (Randy) of Columbus, also an educator. The first three graduated Sharon Kennedy; the latter two from Brookfield High School. Kitty leaves seven grandchildren, Zachary, Benjamin, Caroline, Robert-Everett and William Diroll, plus Nathan and Sarah Biviano; and two great-grandchildren, Josie and Alex Diroll.
From Kitty's perspective, all her descendants are exceptional. Ever polite, they tend to agree.
Kitty was an active volunteer at churches, libraries and other places in Sharon, Brookfield, and Masury, before retiring to Park Vista in 2017.
Earlier, when she wasn't tending to or badgering her children, she ran a catering service for several years. Memories of her meatballs and pasta sauce linger on many tongues.
Kitty alternated between sentimental and feisty, with surprising insights along the way. She wasn't above gossip, usually with a twist. Still, she had more friends than almost anyone, long before the internet made "friending" easy. She routinely filled any conversational vacuum and regaled all with vivid, largely true stories from her colorful childhood. One of the best reasons for an afterlife is to hear more of them. Back on Earth, all will miss her. For a long time.
In lieu of flowers, kindly contribute in Kitty's name to Hospice of the Valley or Park Vista Retirement Community.

Catherine, 93, of Youngstown, Ohio.
Calling hours: None.
Service: Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-15-19) at Park Vista, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
Arrangements by LANE MADASZ CHAPEL, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield, Ohio.
Published on June 8, 2019
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2 posts

Cheryl Baker
Jun 10, 2019
Such very sad news! I have lost a very good friend. I realize now how truly lucky I am that had the gift of one last visit with my dear Kitty a couple weeks ago.
Harry thought the world of Kitty, too, and would often ask me if I had spoken to her. Now, with a heavy heart, I am left to grieve for them both.
The Richard Weller Family
Jun 09, 2019
Kitty will always have a special place in our hearts. Many memories of baking together "Mrs Jones" swimmng with Mark and the famous rock egg at Easter. One great lady!