Cecelia  Macchia


Cecelia Macchia, 96, of Farrell, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2019.
Born to Stephen and Julia Harrigal in Braddock, Cecelia and her 11 siblings knew a humble but happy home filled with music. Her father played the violin and accordion, while Cecelia and her sisters harmonized to countless songs - the songs for which she will be remembered by generations of family and friends.
At the tender age of 22, Cecilia met Thomas Macchia, a handsome Navy sailor, on a train to Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout their short six-month courtship, they communicated devotedly with daily love letters and married on June 27, 1945, in St. Mary's Church, Patuxent Naval Air Test Center, Md.
During their 73 years of marriage, they were blessed with five children and the opportunity to travel the world together.
Cecelia shared her time and talents freely, serving as a gym teacher and active PTO member for St. Ann school and volunteering as librarian for St. Anthony and Notre Dame schools. Cecelia acted as treasurer for the Farrell America Legion Auxiliary for years and helped with their weekly bingo. She prepared tasty pies, cookies and breads for numerous fundraisers as a St. Anthony Parish "Bakerette," and her children and grandchildren craved her delicious wedding soup every holiday.
An avid card player, Cecelia was a member of several card clubs and loved a good crossword puzzle. Into her 80s, she was a formidable bocce player in the American Legion and Italian Home leagues, but her competitive streak was probably most apparent during rousing family games of "Spoons."
A devout Catholic, Cecelia collected more than 275 nativity sets and prayed the rosary every night, asking God for His blessing on countless family members, neighbors, friends and acquaintances. Many of those people also received a card from her on their birthday or a special occasion with a kind word and "XOXOXO" at the bottom. With a lovely voice, Cecelia delighted in sharing the music she learned from her father with her own children and grandchildren. She loved to accompany her husband as he played on the family organ and rarely missed a summer concert in Buhl Park.
She is survived by her five children, Thomas Macchia Jr., Patricia Kaiser, Robert (Mona) Macchia, Richard Macchia, and Jane (Paul) Gustas; eight grandchildren, John (Kelly) Kaiser, Cristy (Richard) French, Mathew (Holly) Macchia, Dina (Matt) Fabian, Kellie Gustas, Stacia Macchia, Katie Gustas and McKenzie Gustas; and five great-grandchildren, Alexa and Antonio Macchia, Tenley and Sawyer Fabian, and Alexander French.
Cecilia is preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas and 11 siblings.
Rest in peace, Mammy. Your songs and kind spirit will live on forever in our hearts. We love you.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration for donations to Cecelia's cherished FH Buhl Farm Park, buhlfarmpark.com, or St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Sharon.

Cecelia, 96, of Farrell.
Calling hours: From noon to 1 p.m. Monday (4-22-19) at St. Anthony of Padua, 804 Idaho St., Sharon. Friends may sign guestbook at www.flynnfuneralhome.com.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday (4-22-19) in the church, with Fr. Matthew Ruyechan officiating.
Entombment: America's Cemetery.
Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
Published on April 18, 2019
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5 posts

Gill Jim
Apr 21, 2019
Sympathy to the Macchia family.
Your mother was one of the nicest people on Lunn Blvd.
I lost track of your whereabouts. God bless you.
Jim and Carol Gill New Castle, PA
Andy Stefanak
Apr 21, 2019
Rick, you and your family have my condolences on the loss of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy.

Andy Stefanak
Richard T Lolla
Apr 19, 2019
Sorry to hear about your mom. Your parents were an inspiration in how they traveled the world! Peace to you all.
William Francis
Apr 19, 2019
I have many thoughts of my Aunt Ceil Sister of my Mother Ann I always looked forward to visiting for many years as we all grew up she was an excellent role model happy most of the time stern when she needed to be. most of all enjoyed the company of her and my uncle Tom and family Tom, Patti, Bob, Ricky, and Jane. this is a tough time for all of you i am sorry that i cannot be there. She rests now and is in the care of God She will be enjoying eternity with Tom and her many Brothers and sisters. I pray that the sorrow you all feel will pass quickly remember all the good times when she was here. your cousin William
Marilee Miletta
Apr 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers for all the family.