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Irene T. Surbella, age 88, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in the Ashtabula County Nursing Home in Kingsville, Ohio.
Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Ashtabula, Ohio, the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Villagi) Bodi, she was a lifelong area resident. 
She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish; Mother of Sorrows Church, and the Altar and Rosary Society. While her children were growing up, Irene was active in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA, and the Harbor Athletic Boosters.  She was also a member of the Conneaut Quilters Guild.
Irene enjoyed baking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the company of her cat, Sophie. 
She is survived by her children, Robert (JoAnne) Surbella, Francine (Robert) Bollman, and Pamela (Kevin) Bollman; grandchildren, Haley (Don) Bollman, Joshua (Rebecca) Bollman, Elizabeth (Amara) Bollman, Sarah (Matt) Bollman Hickerson, Rochelle (Andrew) Hathy, and Gian Surbella; great-grandchildren, Dru and Emily Hathy, Robert Browlman, Luc and Xavier Toure´, and Emmett Hickerson.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Robert Surbella; and sisters, Mary Ehouse and Elizabeth Bodi.
Christian Burial Mass will be held 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Mother of Sorrows Church, 1464 West 6th St., Ashtabula. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. At her request, no visitation will be observed. 
POTTI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 1329 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, www.pottifuneralhome.com is handling arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Ashtabula Country Club Retirement Assisted Living and Hospice of the Western Reserve, and Dr. Ajay Kumar and Dr. Gary Huston.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harbor Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 3083, Ashtabula, Ohio 44005-3083.  
Published on April 26, 2017
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