Ida Verna (Trocchio) Mendiola

Ida Verna (Trocchio) Mendiola, 88, of Ravenna, entered into eternal peace at The Woodlands in Ravenna on May 13, 2014 surrounded by her family after a wonderful, blessed life on earth. With her time at its end, she was ready to be reunited with her dear daughter Loretta Ann Mendiola and her loving parents, Gertrude and Alfred Trocchio.

She is survived by John, her husband of more than 67 years; sons, Frank (Olivia) of San Jose, CA; Rob (Dee Dee) of San Juan Bautista, CA; Fred of Kent; grandsons Marcus of San Juan Bautista and Alexander of San Jose; sister in law Millie Trocchio of Boardman; sister in law Cecelia Passalacqua, brother in law Julius Passalacqua, and four nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Loretta who passed away in May 2013; her parents, Gertrude and Alfred Trocchio of Campbell, Ohio; father-in-law and mother-in law Frank and Lucretia Mendiola, of Ravenna; her brother-in-law Paul Trocchio (Millie) of Boardman. Ida was born on July 4, 1925 in Campbell, Ohio, the only daughter of Gertrude and Alfred Trocchio. She grew up in Campbell and was graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1943. Ida was proud to celebrate her birthday on Independence Day, enjoying all of the festivities and feeling special because the day always ended with fireworks. After high school, she completed cosmetology college in Youngstown and started working at a beauty salon in Youngstown. She met John Mendiola at a picnic at Geagua Lake Park in 1940 and they knew it was love. Ida kept working while John enlisted in the U.S. Navy for World War II and shipped out to the South Pacific on a transport ship where he was an SMMB barber. Ida was working in the beauty salon when the handsome sailor on leave walked in the salon and held out his hand, asking Ida to walk through life with him. The boss said Ida couldn't leave but Ida's parting remark as she headed for the door was "Yes, I can and I quit!" Then the couple went to lunch, the movies and enjoyed nearly seven decades of true happiness. They were married in St. Lucy's Catholic Church on Sept. 2, 1946 in Campbell. The Mendiolas moved to Ravenna and John started to work locally as a barber. Ida styled hair and set up their home on Spruce Street. Loretta was born in 1948 followed by Frank, Rob and Fred. Once they started their family, Ida was home for good. As the children got older she worked part time in retail stores in downtown Ravenna. Members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ida and John were active with the Catholic Youth Organization at the church school. She cooked at fish fries and made homemade donuts for sale after Sunday Mass to raise funds for the school activities in which her children participated. She taught the Mendiola children the skills she felt would be important to living a good and fulfilling life. Loretta and all three of the boys learned to cook and bake. Ida, who was a skilled at sewing and needlework, shared these abilities with Loretta who became a talented and respected home economics educator. Ida also made sure her children shared their talents and treasure with friends and community. So it was no surprise that she supported John when he made the decision to run for Ravenna City Council in 1975. John was on City Council for thirteen years. "She was very generous that way. The job took time away from home. It was a lot of evenings and long meetings. She was very supportive when I asked her about running for council," John remembered. Ida was First Lady of Ravenna in 1983 when John filled the mayor's position due to an unexpired term. She never missed a wedding that John performed, even the one where the bride and groom said their vows over a billiard table in a bar. Some of Ida's best memories were the trips that she and John took to Italy. They visited Trocchio and Mendiola family members in Vieste, Pescocostanza and Rivisondalia. They kept up those ties over the years with phone calls and letters. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Ida and John are also members of the Ravenna Italian-American Society. Ida was the driving force behind the club's popular polenta dinners for more than twenty years. The Mendiolas were also very active in the Young at Heart group at their church. Ida was the heart and soul of her family; always teaching, comforting, setting an extra place for dinner, speaking her mind and loving her dear husband and children. Her presence and embrace will be felt throughout their days until they see her again. The family would like to thank Dr. Emmanuel Yanelli and his staff, Ida's physician for the last 12 years; Dr. Indeprit Singh; her doctor for most of her life, Dr. Jon Sally; Dr. David Uhall and the staff at The Woodlands; and Crossroads Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to be made to Immaculate Conception Parish, or Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Chapter. Calling hours will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Short-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home, 141 Meridian Street, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 409 West Main Street, Ravenna, Ohio 44266, with the Rev. William B. Kraynak officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ravenna. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.

(Shorts-Spicer-Crislip 330-296-6858, RC 5-16, 17 & 18-14)

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