Anita C. Petenzi, 96

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Our mother, Anita Carita Petenzi, passed from this life Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.  Mom celebrated her 96th birthday in July of this year.  Anita was born July 26, 1924, in Bellona, Italy to Salvatore and Anita (Caputo) Carita.  She was raised in Naples. 

Anita met our father, Joseph C Petenzi, who was serving with the US Army during WWII; they were married in Naples in 1945. Two years later they came to the United States and lived in Virginia near Fort Lee Army Base. Following Joe’s service in the Korean War, they moved permanently to Ohio, where they raised their children. Anita and Joseph retired to St. Pete, FL, where they lived for 44 years. She returned permanently to Canton, OH, following the death of Joseph.  She was living with family, Anita and John Tokos, at the time of her passing. There are no words to describe how loving and attentive her grandchildren have been and what a joy they were to her. A heartfelt thank you to all who responded immediately and a thank you to the Carroll County EMTs. A special commendation to the responding officer of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for demonstrating such professionalism, efficiency, respect and compassion.

Anita is survived by two daughters, Anita (John) Tokos of Malvern and JoAnn (George Michael) Garaux of Canton; daughter-in-law, Carol Petenzi of New Market, AL; granddaughter, Anne Tokos of Carrollton; granddaughter, Andrea (Scott) Miller of Columbus and their children, Luke, Steven, and Adam; granddaughter, Amelia (Kent) Baxter of Howard; grandson, John M. Tokos II of Savannah GA; grandson, David (Tasha) Petenzi of Goodlettsvile TN, and their children, Nicholas and Joseph; granddaughter, Denise Petenzi of Chicago, IL; granddaughter, Erin (Russell) Kimball of Hazel Green AL, and their daughter, Kaylan; granddaughter, Gayle (Shawn) Kimbrough of Canton, and their children, Grace and Ian; grandson, Joseph (Heidi) Garaux of Newport, NC, and their children, Lilianna and Charlotte; and grandson, Marque (Sarah) Garaux of Geneva. 

In addition to her parents, Anita was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Petenzi; a son, Frank Petenzi; four brothers; and four sisters. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 11 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Malvern, with Celebrant Fr. Vic Cinson. Following mass, there was a private burial at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. 

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