HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Grace “GiGi” A. Basile, 97, of Hermitage, formerly a life long resident of Farrell, transitioned to the other side peacefully on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at Nugent’s.
We apologize to the other side in advance for her feistiness, strength and take no crap from anyone attitude.
Grace was born May 9, 1923 to Antonio Syvestri and Elenora Palombi (Sabella) in Youngstown, Ohio. Her mother’s second husband, Rocco Palombi, was so loved by Grace and she considered him her father.
She graduated high school in Youngstown and soon after met her husband of 55 years, Lorenzo C. Basile. They were married July 15, 1941, until his death in September 1996.
Grace worked for years in the fine jewelry department at Strouss’ in downtown Youngstown, downtown Sharon and eventually retired from Macy’s in Hermitage.
Grace adored and loved her family. She showed love and respect to anyone she came across. You couldn’t help but adore all 4’11” of her. She was tiny but she was larger than life.
Grace was truly one of a kind, they don’t make them like her anymore. She always made sure she was dressed to a T and could be seen wearing a hat, scarf and a brooch. She was known to put masking tape on the bottom of new fancy shoes she was only going to wear once, so she could return them.
Some of her favorite things in life were taking the family to Kraynak’s Santa Land and enjoying summers with the family at Chestnut Run in Hubbard. She was an avid skier and loved teaching her grandkids and great grandkids how to ski. Trips to Peak’n Peak became a family tradition. We would all get to skip school just to go skiing with Grace. She enjoyed making her own home made Italian wine, (which of course at any age, the grandkids were allowed to have some) and she enjoyed a glass (or three) every single evening to wind down and relax as she said. When the grandkids were sick, she would give us a shot of wine and wrap us up like a mummy to sweat it out. She would tell all her grandkids and great-grandkids to not let Grandpa talk us into getting him some Jack Daniels if she wasn’t home. She used to mark the bottle with a sharpie. That didn’t stop us, he would call around until he got one of us, he’d even call up to The New Deal Club, if Grace hid the Jack from everyone. Even though we were all underage, we would go to the club and they had his whiskey in a Styrofoam cup with a lid on it and we would safely deliver his whiskey. She would come home furious and want to know who gave it to him, he never told which one of us it was.
She had a height chart on the wall but usually stopped after we surpassed her because she got tired of using the stepladder. She loved to garden and when her grandkids were young, we would pull scallion onions right out of the garden, hose them off, sprinkle salt and eat them right there. She also canned her own sauce along with peppers.
Grace loved to eat out and enjoyed taking family to The White Rose, The Wave, The Litehouse and Inn 62. She was known to frequent Scotto’s Pizza and flirt with the guys working to get a free pizza. (She knew if she spoke Italian to them, it was a sure deal) and don’t dare get her meal exactly how she ordered it, it was sent back, again, she took no crap from anyone.
She was a gem in the kitchen too. You would stop by and first thing she says “Are you hungry?” You would answer no but she kept asking until you said yes. Sometimes she didn’t even let you answer, next thing you knew, you had a full meal in front of you. Nobody could make toast like Grace, she toasted Italian bread then for some reason put it in foil, her meatballs were the best and she never measured anything. No matter what she cooked and it always tasted the same every single time. She would make the best bacon in a cast iron skillet, fried dough, pizza, and spinach pizza. When she made pasta, she knew to leave some with no sauce for two of her grandkids. She loved cooking big Christmas Eve dinners for everyone, she would start the cooking days before. There was always an open invitation to any one, family, friends, friends of friends etc, it didn’t matter who you were, you were welcome.
Grace leaves to cherish her memory, six grandchildren, Chrissy Basile (Snoop) of Hermitage, Larry Basile (Jenn Peck) of State College, Pennsylvania, Kirstie Hilty (Brian) of Overland Park, Kansas, Michael Basile (Stacey) of Hermitage, Tara Lissimore of Hubbard, Ohio and RJ Basile (Jill) of Austintown, Ohio; 12 great-grandchildren, Lorenzo Devine, whom she helped raise (Lindsey) of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, Brook Maiorana (Dave) of Muncy, Pennsylvania, Calli and Angelo Basile of Hughesville, Pennsylvania, Amber Lissimore of Hubbard, Pennsylvania, Jason and Mia Basile of Hermitage, Grace (her namesake) and Rocco Basile of Austintown Ohio, Allie and Catie Lissimore of Hubbard, Ohio and Archer Basile of Austintown, Ohio; five great-great-grandchildren, Sophie, Mia, Emma and Oliver Maiorana, Muncy, Pennsylvania and Grace Basile (her namesake) Hughesville, Pennsylvania and her daughter-in-law, Kathy Basile of Hubbard, Ohio, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Lorenzo; her sons, Anthony and Richard Basile; her daughter-in-law, Theresa Basile and her brothers, Eugene and Joseph Sylvestri.
At the families request there are no services. We will privately celebrate her at a later date.
In lieu of cards, flowers etc. We request anyone to do a random act of kindness in her memory.
Arrangements handled by John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
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A television tribute will air Sunday, December 13, at the following approximate times: 6:27 p.m. on WYTV and 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV.
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