AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Prayers will be held Thursday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, for Michael R. Roberts, Sr., 96, who passed away at his home on Sunday evening, October 1, 2017.
Michael was born August 25, 1921 in Youngstown, a son of the late Angelo and Rosa (Calucco) Roberts (Mastroberti).
Michael retired as a brick layer from U.S. Steel Ohio Works.
He was a member of the Wick Lodge 481, Knights of Columbus, Youngstown Chapter No. 93, Buechner Council No. 107 and the St. John Commandery No. 20.
Michael had a passion for his garden, fishing and wine making. At the age of 91, he planted 7,000 garlic bulbs. He also enjoyed horse racing and was a barber on the side.
His wife of 67 years, the former Pauline Terrago, whom he married October 12, 1940, passed away October 26, 2007.
Michael leaves his two daughters, Donna Roberts of Columbus and Janice Perry of Connecticut; two sons, Ralph (Rita) Roberts of Austintown and Nick (Jody) Roberts of Newton Falls; 11 grandchildren, Vince, Teresa, Dominic, Nick, Jr., Chris, Julie, Shelly, Judy and Michael Roberts III, Michael Raymond and Adam Perry and six great-grandchildren.
Michael was also preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Roberts, Jr.; a sister, Columbia Lauiente and four brothers, Joe, Tony, Lou and Angelo Roberts.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, October 4 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of donations to MVI Hospice., 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44505.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, October 4 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.