Assunta (Sue) Zappitelli, Age 86 passed away on August 27, 2021, at Hospice House of the Western Reserve. She was born March 1,1935 in Santa Marie Del Molise, Italy to Giovanni Bertone and Addolerata Giancola. Assunta came to the United States with her siblings as a teenager and made a home in Painesville for her family after marrying Nicola in 1957. They were married for 63 years.
Assunta helped lay the foundation for Zappitelli’s Pizzeria. She quit her full- time job to work with her son Anthony in the restaurant business for over twenty-five years. She is known for her homemade meatballs, lasagna, and especially her famous pasta sauce which became a Zappitelli’s legacy. Assunta’s two loves were her family and her devotion to God. Assunta’s selfless nature put her family's needs before hers. She enjoyed watching Catholic masses on TV, as well as watching the stock market ticker, and “The Big Dog“ on WWE. She loved being around friends and family drinking coffee and sharing stories and especially gossip.
Assunta is survived by her children, Mary (Wayne) Worrell and Anthony (Kristie) Zappitelli, her grandchildren Rylee, Nicky, and Nathan Zappitelli, along with many loving nieces and nephews. Assunta is preceded in death by her husband Nicola, son Donald Zappitelli, brother Angelo Bertone (Dominica); sisters, Antonietta (Alfred) Zappitelli, and Michelina (Silvio) Stanziale.
A special thanks to Connie and Carol for loving our mother and being truly wonderful friends. Our family would like to sincerely thank our friends and family who took the time to visit our mother during her brief illness, as well as reaching out to us offering their emotional support, thoughts, and prayers.
Mom…we love you so much. Thank you for everything you did for us. Questo non e` un addio. Fino al nostro prossimo incontro.
Friends will be received Thursday, September 2, from 5:00 pm to 8: 00 p.m. at Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Avenue, Painesville. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church 242 N. State St., Painesville. Entombment will be at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Mary’s Church, 242 N. State St., Painesville, OH 44077.
St. Mary Church
242 North State Street, Painesville OH 44077