AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, for Marie Antoinette (Fortunato) LaCava, 76, who died Monday morning, May 22, 2017 at Hospice House, surrounded by her family.
Marie was born September 12, 1940 in Youngstown, the daughter of Fred A. and Victoria (Romanov) Fortunato.
She was a 1958 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and earned a license in practical nursing from Norfolk Technical Institute in Virginia.
Marie worked as a LPN at Shepherd of the Valley, where she became supervisor of Assisted Living, retiring in 2001 after 20 years.
She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, president of their bowling league, president of the Senior Citizens Club and a member of Youngstown Wood Carvers. She was also a member of American Legion 301, working to make the lives of veterans matter.
In 2009, Marie was awarded the Mahoning County Legacy Award for her volunteer work with veterans along side her husband.
Marie loved to travel, work in the yard, football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and bowling. She enjoyed being social and helpful but most of all, she loved her family and the time she spent with them.
Her husband, Louis R. LaCava, Jr., whom she married October 2, 1965, died April 30, 2010.
Marie is survived by her daughter, Victoria Jean (Robert) LaFond of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son, Christopher L. LaCava of Austintown; stepson, Dan LaCava of Oregon; two sisters, Victoria (Richard) Pesce of Austintown and Deborah (Michael) Sulenski of Canfield; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn LaCava and Hannah LaFond; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her loyal companion, her dog, Charly.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and mother-in-law, Jeanie Ashton.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, May 24 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel and Thursday, May 25 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send online condolences to the family.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, May 24 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.