Roberta A. Dattilio

LEETONIA- Roberta A. Dattilio (“Bobbie”), 70, of Columbiana passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 9:30 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Health Center, Boardman, after a long illness.

Mrs. Dattilio was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Salem, a daughter of the late Robert C. and Mary A. Stumpo McCoy. A 1961 graduate of Leetonia High School, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and went to boot camp at Bainbridge, Md., (the original female boot camp, before the Orlando, Fla., Naval Training Center was commissioned). She was assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital, Md., as a RN apprentice, and was there when JFK was brought in after his assassination. She had been employed as a food service manager for various restaurants including Arby’s and Del Taco.

Bobbie was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Leetonia, Joe Williams Post #131 of the American Legion in Leetonia and York Drexler Post #5532 of the VFW in Washingtonville. She also enjoyed crocheting, reading and collecting teddy bears. Her husband, Jerald A. Dattilio, whom she married July 15, 1967, preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1992.

She is survived by four sons, Michael D. Dattilio of Needham, Mass., Daniel P. (Denni) Dattilio of Lakewood, Calif., Jerald A. (Heidi) Dattilio of Columbiana and Joseph M. Dattilio of Glenville, W.Va.; a step-daughter, Lorene S. (Larry) Martin of Lisbon; a sister, Christina (Don) Secrest of Salem: two brothers, Edward F. (Christie) McCoy of Green Valley, Ariz., and Gerard J. (Michael Hornback) McCoy of Port Orange, Fla.; as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Leetonia, with the Rev. Stephen Wassie officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Continuing the celebration of Bobbie’s life, a reception of family, friends and food will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the American Legion in Leetonia. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert C. McCoy Scholarship Fund through checks payable to the American Legion Joe Williams Post 131, 540 Main St., Leetonia Ohio 44431 and note the scholarship on the check. Sign the register and send condolences at


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