Irene D.
Irene D. "Dolly" Cifelli, 93, of Conneaut, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019, at UH- Geauga Hospital.
Born December 29, 1925, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Ray) Vincenzo. A lifelong area resident, she married Anthony Cifelli on November 26, 1967.
Dolly was a longtime member of Corpus Christi Parish, St. Francis Cabrini. She was a perfectionist and master of detail who prided herself on her appearance. Dolly was always dressed to the nines and enjoyed anything that sparkled, high heels even into her late 80's, and the single dangly earring she always wore.
People that didn't know Irene personally, often noticed and recognized her because of her outward beauty and flare, but friends and family know that the outward appearance matched her heart. She had the biggest heart, never said an ill word of anyone, always took the high road, cared deeply for others and went out of her way to make everyone feel warm and welcomed in her home.
Mrs. Cifelli enjoyed cooking and baking. A true Italian, she fed everyone that walked through the door. An outstanding baker, her family will miss her cakes, pizzelles, special holiday cookies, as well as the famous pizza that she and her husband always made.
She will be remembered for her sweetness of spirit, kindness to others, her generous nature, unconditional love of family and friends, and her love of God.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Anthony; daughters, Paula Raffenaud of Ashtabula, Michele (Alan) Ward of Painesville; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Raffenaud, Alan (Tacy Dooley) Ward, Chelsea (Mike) Palubiak; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Nicolas, Collette, Hayden, AJ, and Mia; brothers, Don Vincenzo and Joseph Vincenzo, Jr.; many in-laws; and her special friends the entire Joslin Family, but especially Dawn and JJ Eaton and their children, Claire, Bradley, Drew, and Alice.
Dolly was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Matrisciano; brother, Anthony Robert "Bob" Vincenzo; and her parents.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Carmel Church in Ashtabula with Rev. Fr. Raymond Thomas, presiding. Visitation and viewing at the church will be held from 2-4 pm followed by the funeral mass.
Contributions in her honor to Hospice of the Western Reserve would be appreciated. She loved her "Hospice friends" as she called them.
Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is handling arrangements. Online obituary and condolences at
Published on September 18, 2019


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Luanna Hale
Sep 23, 2019
What a beautiful eulogy! Paula, I see where you got a lot of your inspiration! Thank you for sharing.
Marge Nordquest
Sep 22, 2019
So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Paula. Blessings to all of you
Chris (Allee) (formerly Markijohn) Fournier
Sep 20, 2019
Auntie Irene was always so kind to me. God bless her, and may He grant perfect peace to all who mourn her.
Kim Mari Russo-Knezovich
Sep 20, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. I recall from Grade School days, being over and watching her knit baby sweaters, hats and booties for others as gifts. They were absolutely remarkable and it was something that always stuck with me. Heaven has another Angel....
al dibaggio
Sep 20, 2019
Buck - So sorry for your loss-you had a great marriage and many years of togetherness , love and happiness.

all the best your friends from Tennessee
al and joan dibaggio
Teresia Toreki
Sep 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss of your mom, Michelle ❤