AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Donald J. Petrella, 89, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Omni Manor Nursing Home.

He was born March 1, 1933, in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of the late Dominic and Lillian Geddert Petrella.

Don graduated from East High School and then served in the Army during the Korean War.

He retired as an inspector for the Youngstown Water Department. Alongside his parents, Don owned and operated The Circle Bar on the east side of Youngstown. 

He enjoyed woodworking and going to the casino with his wife. He also enjoyed entertaining his grandchildren.

Don is survived by his wife, Patti Fecko Petrella, whom he married June 22, 1970; his children, Tracey (fiancé, Tony LaRocca) DeProfio of Austintown, Denise (Lou) Italiano, Don Petrella of Florida and Rick (Tina) Petrella of Struthers; his grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Lou, Jami, Lori, Adriana, Anthony, Monica, Tony and David and many great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his grandsons, Dustin and Daniel.

Per Don’s request, private family services were held last week.

Professional arrangements were handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

A television tribute will air Thursday, January 19 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.