LIBERTY, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our family matriarch, Niva De Vito, 91, on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Niva was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and mother-in-law.

Niva was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1930 to Artemisio and Anna (DelGrosso) DiBacco.

She worked in a garment factory in Johnstown prior to her marriage to Valentino De Vito in Italy in 1952.

Niva and Valentino moved to Youngstown soon after and raised their four children in Liberty, where they lived for over 50 years.

As her children grew, she worked in the cafeterias at Liberty Local Schools.

Niva belonged to the Liberty Mothers’ Club and along with her husband, attended every possible sporting, school, church or musical event of her grandchildren. Niva and Valentino enjoyed traveling in the U.S., Canada and Europe and attended many concerts and opera performances, which was a particular love of theirs. She was also a great fan of Coach K. and Duke basketball, Notre Dame football and basketball, YSU football and a long suffering follower of the Cleveland Indians and the Browns.

Niva leaves her devoted children, Diana De Vito, Frances (Wayne) Tanner, Dr. Valentino (Claudia) De Vito and Dr. Peter (Cynthia) De Vito; her beloved grandchildren, Allison (Tom) Tanner Gill, Dr. Beatrice (Nicholas) Olesko, Dr. Gregory (Megan) Tanner, Elizabeth De Vito, Dr. Peter De Vito, Jr. and Dr. Robert De Vito; three great-grandchildren, Amelia Olesko, Emerson and Chase Tanner; her brother-in-law, Michael (Dolores) De Vito and numerous beloved nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania and Italy.

Niva was preceded in death by her husband, Valentino De Vito, who died in 2015; a brother, Arthur Debb and a sister, Evelyn Sebestyen.

A Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Father Scott Kopp was held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Vienna, Ohio, where Niva belonged since 1965.

Interment will be in Tod Homestead Cemetery, following Mass, on Saturday, March 12.

The family respectfully asks that, in lieu of flowers, material tributes take the form of contributions in Niva’s name to the De Vito Family Scholarship to help deserving students in the field of music education at Youngstown State University, c/o The YSU Foundation, 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502, or ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Professional arrangements are by the Dillon & Santucci Funeral Home, 4471 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, OH 44473, (330) 856-0918.

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A television tribute will air Monday, March 14 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.