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Mary Lou DeNicola

Mary Lou DeNicola, age 85, of 141 Hill Dr., Sherrodsville, died early Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2013, in Aultman Woodlawn Compassionate Care Center in Canton following a brief illness.

Born May 13, 1928, in Sherrodsville, she was the daughter of the late Forrest A. "Peanut" and Olive Neomi Moffett Stull.

She retired from the former Scio Pottery after more than 35 years of service.  She also worked for the Atwood Chalet at the Par-3 golf course and she helped her sister, Marlene Yosick at Marlene's Gymnastics Center in Sherrodsville for many years.  She had been attending Sugarcreek United Methodist Church.

She was a 1946 graduate of the former Sherrodsville High School where she was class valedictorian and head majorette.  She volunteered at the Dennison Depot Canteen during World War II.  Mary Lou was a member of Conotton Valley Senior Citizens, and enjoyed playing euchre with her friends at the Senior Nutrition Site in Sherrodsville. She had the privilege of serving as grand marshal of the 2010 Sherrodsville Homecoming parade. She possessed many hidden talents, such as painting, and even reveled in the opportunity to play golf occasionally.  She had a reputation within her family of never missing the opportunity to send greeting cards for every holiday or special occasion. She was blessed with a lovely sense of humor, and found joy in every aspect of her life.  Mary was a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and a best friend to her sister Marlene.

She is survived by her son James L. (Jayne) DeNicola, Jr. of Winter Springs, FL; three grandchildren, Mrs. Rick (Jayme) Schuster of Boca Raton, FL, Julie DeNicola of Winter Park , FL, and Justin DeNicola of Casselberry, FL; three great-grandchildren Jack, Carolyn, and Emily Schuster, all of  Boca Raton, FL; a sister, Marlene Yosick of Sherrodsville; and her "extended family" Allen and LuAnn Yoder of Sugarcreek, and their children Cassie, Christian, and Catie, who referred to Mary Lou as "Grandma".

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. DeNicola, Sr., whom she married Nov. 22, 1947, and who died Nov. 11, 1994; and a brother, Lloyd A. Stull.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m.  in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home in Sherrodsville with Pastor Bill Johnson officiating.  Interment alongside her husband Jim will follow in Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens. Calling hours will be held Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Aultman Hospice, 2821 Woodlawn Ave. N.W., Canton, OH 44708.  To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.