BOARDMAN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Philip Rogers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010 at St. Charles Church. Clara was called home to the Lord on July 7, 2010.
She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Aug. 1, 1925, the daughter of Antonio and Ida ( D’Aloise) Orlando.
Clara was a 1943 graduate of East High School. She worked in the Editorial Department of The Vindicator from 1943 to 1954.
Clara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Youngstown State University majoring in Elementary Education. She taught for the Youngstown City Schools at Jackson, Bancroft, and Sheridan Elementary Schools, retiring in 1989, after 27 years of service.
Clara was an active member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Mahoning County Retired Teachers Association serving as its secretary. She was also a member of the Ohio Education and Youngstown Education Associations.
She was a docent at the Butler Museum of American Art from 1989 to present. Clara continued to remain actively involved with her high school friends by serving on the East High School Class of 1943 Reunion Committee.
Clara was predeceased by her husband, Mario D. Ross, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1949, and who died on Oct. 7, 1995.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughters Dr. Linda S. Ross and Sandra E. Ross; brother Edward ( Margaret) Orlando; sister, Dorothy (Anthony) DiGiacomo; and 12 nieces and nephews, who adored their Aunt Clara.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers James, Herman and Nicholas Orlando; and sister Josephine Passarelli
Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at St. Charles Church.
A scholarship will be established in Clara’s name at Youngstown State University. Contributions can be made c/o the Y.S.U. Foundation at One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH, 44555.
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