Margaret (Roman) DeGennaro died at the Elyria Wesleyan Village Friday, December 20, 2013, after a long illness. She was 89. Her husband of 59 years, Anthony J. DeGennaro, died in 2006.
Margaret was born in Conifer, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Cresson. After her graduation from Cresson High School, she was employed at several local businesses, including the Publix Shirt Factory in Gallitzin, where she met her future husband. Upon her marriage to Anthony, she continued working to support her husband and young children while he attended college under the GI Bill. The family moved to Lorain County in 1952, when her husband began his teaching career.
As she and Anthony raised their three children, she worked at Eastwood School in food service, as a travel agent at Oberlin AAA, and in the Comptroller's Office at Oberlin College. She was active in the Oberlin schools' PTA and with the OHS Marching Band Mothers. An avid reader, Margaret also took enrichment courses at Oberlin College.
Margaret was a member of Sacred Heart Church for over 50 years. She was a longtime member of the Altar and Rosary Society and served as a lay reader and Parish Council member.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine (nee Gans) Roman; and three brothers, Joseph, Francis, and Paul.
Margaret is survived by three sons, Alan, (Barbara) of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Ramon, (Andrea) of Knoxville, Tennesee, and Anthony R., (Gayle) of Pickerington, Ohio; three grandsons, Matthew, (Daphne) of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, Daniel, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Philip of Pickerington; and two great-granddaughters, Audrianna Kabler- DeGennaro and Norah DeGennaro of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends during a viewing Friday, December 27, 2013, from 6 until 8 P.M., at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. A funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 10 A.M., with Father Robert Cole as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Sacred Heart Church, Oberlin, or to Elyria Wesleyan Village, Elyria.
Online condolences may be made to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com