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Lillie Ragnoli

Lillie Susan Fiorelli Ragnoli — The montage that became Lillie’s life began on October 5, 1919 with her birth in a farm house in Jefferson Township, PA, and came to its natural conclusion in Weirton, WV on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

She was the fifth child of seven of Achille and Maria (Tonetti) Fiorelli. She married WWII Army Veteran Mario J. Ragnoli on October 15, 1949 who died in 1995. She was the last surviving member of her family. Deceased are her parents, sisters Lena (Rocco) Trinoni, Anna (Bruno) Ceresa, Jean (Angelo) Strapazzon, Mary (George) Gavatorta, Victoria Alice (Steve) Chuburko and brother Ralph (Gloria Tessaro) Fiorelli and several nieces and nephews.

Lillie grew up on a Smith Township farm, worked building LST’s for Dravo Corporation on Neville Island during WWII, moved to Detroit, Michigan upon getting married and worked at Dodge Main as an assembly line employee for 23 years. While touring Italy, she and Mario visited Ragnoli family several times during their marriage. The Rangolis’ owned a modest retirement residence in Bradenton, FL where Lillie moved after Mario’s passing and where she excelled as a Bocce player. Her late return to Burgettstown was unexpected but welcome. She enjoyed her flower garden, soups, cookies, potato chips, cake and ice cream and playing cards. The family is grateful for the friendship and care of numerous local caregivers and the staff of the Weirton Wyngate Senior Living Community and the Weirton Geriatric Center orchestrated by niece and god-daughter Mary Ann Chuburko Schwartz and her husband Mike Tome. Special thanks are also extended to Fiorelli and Gavatorta nieces and nephews who were lovingly attentive to Lillie.

With exceptional concern for the good health of family and friends during the Coronavirus pandemic, services were privately held provided by Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021. Lillie was laid to a well-earned rest in the Grandview Cemetery, 931 State Route 18, Florence, PA. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021or Barto Post VFW Auxiliary, 65 Run Street, Slovan, PA 15078.