YOUNGSTOWN - Concetta Marie "Cetty" Korda, 89, died peacefully in her sleep Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018, at Omni Manor Health Care Center.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, in Youngstown, she was the daughter of Frank and Nicolina "Goldie" Sainato. Cetty was a 1947 graduate of East High School and attended classes at Youngstown State University.
A devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, Mrs. Korda was known for making many delicious homemade Italian dishes by hand, including pasta from scratch and her famous spaghetti sauce and meatballs. A past “Italian Woman of the Year” in Youngstown, Mrs. Korda was an avid volunteer both at Ursuline High School and Villa Maria High School, where her children attended, as well as volunteering throughout the greater-Youngstown community.
A lifelong member of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Youngstown, Mrs. Korda was a Eucharistic minister and held numerous offices with the church’s Ladies Guild. Each Easter and Christmas season, she would lead a kitchen crew that made hundreds of loaves of Easter bread to be distributed and sold in the community.
Her greatest passion besides her children and her faith was her husband of 66 years, John James Korda, whom she married at Immaculate Conception Church on Dec. 27, 1951. The couple, who were known to always hold hands, would volunteer their time together delivering Holy Communion to the sick in area hospitals, and for the homebound, for over 25 years. They were awarded commendations by Northside Hospital for their volunteer service.
Mrs. Korda is survived by her husband, John, and five children; sons, Rev. J. James Korda, Frank Korda Sr., Charles (Marylou) Korda, and David (Michelle) Korda, all of Youngstown, and a daughter, Susan Marie (Scott) Reid of Chagrin Falls; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Rachel, Frank Jr. (Amy), Mary, and Vincent Korda, and Nicolina and Mackenzie Reid; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Sainato of Columbus; a sister, Donna Jean Pallotta of Florida; and Fr. Tom Eisweirth, a longtime family friend who was like a son to her.
Cetty was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Leonard Sainato.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 397 South Jackson St., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Korda’s name to St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mrs. Korda’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Omni Manor Health Care Center in Youngstown for the kindness shown and care given to Cetty during her stay.
St. Angela Merici Parish
397 S. Jackson St., Youngstown OH 44506