MINERAL RIDGE – Anthony J. “Jake” Jacola, Jr., 94, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Aug. 24, 2019, at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman following a long and fulfilling life.
Anthony was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Niles, a son of the late Anthony J. Sr. and Mamie Denoi Jacola, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of The Rayen School, Class of 1943, and served in the United States Army during World War II, seeing combat in the Battle of the Bulge and serving under General Patton.
Jake worked as a desk assembler at General Fireproofing, and he later worked as a mail carrier for Ohio Bell, retiring in 1986.
In his younger days, he enjoyed bowling and entering bowling tournaments. He was a skilled carpenter and was referred to affectionately as “Mr. Fix It” for his uncanny ability to fix anything.
Jake loved telling jokes and enjoyed having coffee with his buddies at both Panera and McDonald’s. Mr. Jacola enjoyed playing the lottery, and he will always be remembered for wearing hats and derbies.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 71 years, Virginia Argiro Jacola, whom he married Sept. 27, 1947; a daughter, Jan (Richard) Sternagel of Canfield; three grandchildren, Stacey (Atty. Steven) Schermer of Weston, Fla., Lesley Gent of Miami Beach, and Becky (Atty. John) Silva of Foxborough, Mass.; four great-grandchildren, Hayley and Brooke Schermer, Katelynn Dineen, and Andrew Silva; a sister, Fran Morrow of Poland; and a son-in-law, Tom (Joan) Gent of Austintown.
A daughter, Janice Gent, and five brothers and sisters, Michael Jacola, Joseph Jacola, Teeny Uhlar, Mena Craig, and Peppy Shelar, preceded Jake in death.
Family and friends may call from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 4 p.m.
Interment will take place privately at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.
In lieu of flowers, Jake’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; or to Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.