YOUNGSTOWN - Stephen J. “Steve” Barbato, 93, of the city’s west side, passed away at noon on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at his home after a long and fulfilling life.
Steve was born Oct. 29, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late Pasquale and Clementine Vaia Barbato, and was a lifelong area resident.
Steve attended The Rayen School and proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Barbato worked as a terrazzo grinder for Bertolini Brothers for 25 years, and then for Miller’s Spreader Company as an assembler for 15 years, retiring in 1984.
Mr. Barbato was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown and was active in nearly all church activities. He was a member of the choir, and was a volunteer at the parish festivals and with the bingo fundraisers.
Steve loved to sing, and regularly sang the National Anthem for various veterans’ organizations at their events, and for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at their home baseball games.
Steve was active in the Mill Creek Junior Baseball League for 30 years, where he was first vice-president for 12 years, and was currently a trustee.
Steve leaves his wife of 68 years, Helen Patek Barbato, whom he married Nov. 26, 1949; two sons, Joseph (Anna Marie) Barbato of Struthers and William (Olivia) Barbato of Niles; a daughter, Helene (Edward) Tyrrell of Youngstown; and two grandsons, Steven and Christopher Tyrrell.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Barbato, who passed away in 2011. Six brothers, John, Chris, Sam, Sabatine, Frank, and Sebastian Barbato, and a sister, Josephine Beconder, are also deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin Tuesday, April 3, at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
Committal services with military honors will follow the Mass, and will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Steve’s family would like to express sincere gratitude to Hospice of the Valley, to Dr. Greg Zinni, and to Steve’s caregivers, Kathy, Maryann, Mary, Diane, Carol, and Mae, for the kindness shown and care given to Steve and his family.
Memorial contributions may be made in Steve’s name to St. Brendan Church Memorial Fund; or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.