Josephine Lombardo Ross 1929-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

COLUMBUS — Josephine Ann Lombardo Ross, 93, died Friday, April 15, 2022, after a long battle with dementia.

Josephine was born March 19, 1929, to Frank and Rose Ripoli Lombardo, in Youngstown, where she lived most of her life. After graduating from Rayen School in 1947, she worked for the Ideal Laundry.

On October 21, 1950, she married her teenage sweetheart and “my man”, as she called him, Fred Ross Jr., and together they had three children, Fred III (Diane Leone), Ralph (Janice Hietala) and Annette Svagerko. (Carl). Josephine has dedicated her life to being a model wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She humbly and wonderfully supported her family through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. She made it her mission to improve the lives of others and was loved by all who met her.

Josephine was a devoted member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Youngstown. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and participated in many retreats and church activities. She was entirely devoted to Mary, our Mother. Josephine was an avid gamer, crossword puzzler and knitter. She loved to read and loved the arts. She was passionate about baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians. Above all, she was a fan of her large extended family, sending cards and lending an ear and a prayer when needed. She never said no when asked to attend a function that involved supporting her family in any way.

Josephine was predeceased by her son, Fred; his parents; five brothers and one sister; and several nephews and nieces.

She is survived by her husband, Fred; her children, Ralph and Annette; his beloved grandchildren, Daniel Ross, James Kearns (Heather), Carl James Svagerko and Hannah Svagerko Fugate (Zach); and three great-grandchildren, Skylar and Jimmy Kearns, and Hayden Fugate.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Terrace at Westerwood and Capital City Hospice for their loving care of Josephine.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Salvation Army or food bank of your choice.

There will be visiting hours at 10 a.m., followed by a Christian burial mass, on Monday, April 25, 2022, at St Anthony of Padua Church, Turin Avenue, Youngstown.

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