Louise L. DiGiacomo

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 1916
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018



She never thought she would live to be 100. She did. She said that if she made it to 100 she wanted a big party with a band so she could dance. She did. And on her 101 birthday, she danced. Her love for music and dancing started very early in her life. Her parents Vincenzo Iannarelli and Loreta Iannarelli both immigrated to the United states from Collepietro, Italy in the early 1900’s. Music was a part of their lives. Louise was born to them on May 23, 1916 in Wooster. As she started her education at Pittsburg Ave. School.  She did not speak English. When St. Mary’s opened its new school, Louise transferred to join the choir, to sing.  As a sophomore at Wooster High School she joined an Italian dance group.  In 1932, the group danced for the First Lady, Mrs. Hoover. Louise was very proud of that.  In high school and after, graduating in 1934, she and her friends would go anywhere in Ohio to listen to Big Bands and to Dance. While in that dance group she got to know Michael DiGiacomo who was also a dancer. They were married on April 29, 1937. He died on Oct.23, 1962. She remained the last of her generation of family members and the last of the dance troop to live. Louise passed on March 8, 2018

Louise had several jobs before becoming a full time homemaker. She worked as a secretary for the first welfare agency in Wooster. Before and after her marriage she spent weekends helping her cousins at Varassi’s Grocery Store. While her brother Domenic was in WWII, she ran his grocery store. When he returned from the war, she helped him at his tavern, Libby’s Inn.  After her husband’s death she worked out of her home as a seamstress, and spent spare time volunteering and teaching crochet.

Her Roman Catholic faith was very important to her.  When she was young, she learned to say the rosary. For the rest of her life she said it every day. On her last day she participated in saying the rosary.  Louise belonged to Mission Circle 10 and The Catholic Ladies of Columbia. For several years she crocheted cross bookmarkers for First communicants and confirmation participants for St. Mary Church. Sometimes they weren’t always crocheted perfectly because she was losing her eyesight, but she would say, “Only God is Perfect”. She so enjoyed doing that.

 She LOVED baking and shared her knowledge and baked goods with many people. One of her greatest joys was to make Italian biscotti and pizzelles. Until several months ago there was always a stash of pizzelles on hand, in case anyone would stop in. Louise perfected a chocolate pizzelle recipe, thin crisp and chocolatety!  Perfect. Not bad for 101!

Louise’s mind was sharp up until the end. She read the Daily Record cover to cover every day and remembered almost everything about the Italian community and could recall it when asked. Ann Gasbarre’s column was her favorite.

She is survived by her son, Michael DiGiacomo, (Patricia), and daughter, Mary Lou Kerr (Drew).  Grandchildren: Lisa DiGiacomo, Erin DiGiacomo, Mike DiGiacomo, Anthony Kerr (Jenifer) and Ryan Kerr (Sarah). Great-grandchildren: Tre Rine, Andre Federico, Lilia Federico, Alex Kerr, and Evelyn Kerr. A nephew Tom Iannarelli and niece Linda Clark, who lived with her when they were young, are close family members.  Other survivors include nieces and nephews, their children and grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, brother,  Angelo, wife Fannie, brother Dominic, wife Libby, brothers-in-law Peter, Jim, Frank and Joe and their wives, Olivia, Carmella, Mary and Geraldine. Sisters-in-law:  Nancy Charles, Jennie Medley, and Annie DiNino, and husbands Coston, Elmer and Dan, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM  with Fr. Steve Moran officiating      Friends and Family will be received by the family one hour before the funeral mass in the Church.

In lieu of Flowers the family requests that contributions be made to St. Mary School 527 Beall Ave. Wooster, Oh. 44691 or Life Care Hospice, 1900 Akron road, Wooster, Oh. 44691.

The family would like to thank Life Care Hospice, especially the green and blue team and all the wonderful volunteers that spent time with mom, especially Marie Rutter, Robbie Griffith and Gwen Collian.  Her spiritual warriors, Fr. Steve from St. Mary, Kirk from West View and Charlotte from Hospice. All of you are AMAZING! Thank you so very much to the staff of Wayne County Care Center and the staff of West view Healthy Living Center for their great care, we are so grateful for all your help.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster are handling arrangements and online condolences can be sent to www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.







Memorial Contributions: 

St. Mary School 527 Beall Ave. Wooster, Oh. 44691 or Life Care Hospice, 1900 Akron road, Wooster, Oh. 44691


One Hour propr to the service on Friday at the church


Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00AM at St. Mary Catholic Church


What a beautiful photograph of a beautiful lady! RIP

My prayers and sympathies for Louise’s family.

Your Mothers name is familiar to me although I don’t think I ever met her. my Mother was Kate Grande, Kopp of Palmer Street. She was born in Wooster in July 1915 so I know that she and your Mother must have been friends. Mom always told me about going to other towns to go and dance. They hitch-hicked as I remember. Mom also went to the same schools. Thought you might like to hear my memories of these days. So sorry for your loss but you were so fortunate to have your Mother for 101 years. Blessings to you and your family.

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers for all. Louise was a beautiful lady.

I remember Mrs DiGiacomo From my childhood days. An icon of the Italian-American community she exuded love and grace. I also remember Mrs Varassi's Grocery store and visiting it to make small purchases as a little boy. I would enjoy seeing Mrs DiGiacomo at Libby's Inn while delivering the newspaper to her brother Dom and his wife, Libby. All very kind and friendly people. What a wonderful and blessed life she lived and what devout Catholic faith she exhibited in her daily life. She is now in God's arms and reunited with her husband Mike. Blessings to her surviving family who have already been blessed to have her as the familial matriarch.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

A legend has passed... so sorry for your loss.

I remember her from Libby's inn I was with my parents, great family.

Freda and I offering our sympathy to the entire family.

i will miss her smile and passion for life. she was one of my favorite residents to care for.my prayers are with the family.she loved you all very much. i wish i could be at the funeral but i have to work.but you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Lou , So sorry to hear about you mom are throughts and prayers are with you and your family

Mary Lou , So sorry to hear about your mom sending are throghts and prayers for your family.

Aunt Louise was my favorite aunt. When I visited Wooster with my parents I"d jump out of the car and high tail it fast to Aunt Louise's house. She was always working on a new hobby and showed me her handiwork, pieces of art made out of everyday objects. She was very creative. She had a fantastic memory and could recall stories from her childhood about all the people she knew. She attributed her good memory to eating rosemary. And what a cook, in addition to her fridge in the kitchen, she had another fridge and a huge upright freezer in the basement loaded with food, mostly baked goods. And she was always thin as a rail and always looked gorgeous. She had a sharp mind and plenty of wisdom. I will miss her.

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