NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 19, at 11:00 am at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown for Jennie Grace Thomas, 99, of New Middletown. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, at Northridge Healthcare.

Jennie was born in Youngstown on July 3, 1923. She attended St. Paul the Apostle Church and was a long time member of the Altar and Rosary Guild.

She also enjoyed being with her cousins at the Bugnarese Ladies Society for many years. Jennie was well known for her Italian cooking, especially her spaghetti sauce and homemade pasta and meatballs. Sunday dinner was a feast for her family. She also enjoyed her large garden and preserving her vegetables. She canned hundreds of quarts of tomatoes every Fall.

Jennie was the daughter of Christy “Tetino” and Maria Thomas. She was the third of 13 children, Evelyn being her closest of seven sisters.

Jennie is survived by her son, Anthony (Donna) Thomas and daughter, Honey (Frank) Jacono. She was especially proud of her grandsons, Frank III (Julie) Jacono and Anthony (Kari) Jacono. Her five great-grandchildren, Sophia, Simona, Maria, Frankie IV and Anthony, Jr., were the joys of her life. She also leaves behind her siblings, Frank (Lee), Evelyn, Sylvia, Alma, Dominic (Nancy), Jean (Carlo), Marlene and Diana (Lanny) and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Tony; her son, Simon and siblings, Nicolina (Croce), Cross (Sue), Christy (Mary) and Emil (Kathy).

Family and friends may call on Thursday, August 18, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home, 10170 Main Street, New Middletown, OH, 44442 and from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. on Friday, August 19, at St. Paul the Apostle Church prior to Mass.

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A television tribute will air Thursday, August 18 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.