YOUNGSTOWN – Santina Nicolina “Sandy” Bernabeo Pecchia, 93, of Youngstown, died Sunday evening, October 31, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Sandy was born on May 20, 1928 in Manoppello, Pescara, Italy, daughter of Giuseppe and Lucia Marino Bernabeo.
In 1929, Sandy and her family immigrated to the United States. They settled in Cleveland, where Sandy graduated from John Adams High School.
As a talented musician from a young age, Sandy would ride the streetcar to Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy to play the organ. Her love of music will follow her for the rest of her life.
In 1950, Sandy married the love of her life, the late Joseph Pecchia. The couple then moved to Youngstown, where they shared 60 years of love and marriage until Joseph’s death in 2011.
As well as being a proud housewife, Sandy was dedicated to her work. In her early years, she ran the Pecchia’s Bakery dealership, located inside Sears in the Southern Park Mall. Most notably, however, Sandy was a Toys R Us customer service employee at Boardman for 20 years. Her position mattered to her and often said, without hesitation, that she liked to show up for work.
When not working, Sandy was an active musician. She was an accomplished organist, pianist and accordionist and was gifted with perfect tonality. It is through music that Sandy has been able to relive and preserve many of her memories, battling dementia. After many years of playing and creating beautiful music, Sandy’s gift was able to give her back.
Sandy also loved to write and read poetry and crochet afghans and was known for her famous wedding soup and meatballs. It goes without saying that she was very proud of her Italian heritage. Sandy was very organized and was known to be courageous and spirited at times. She loved her family and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sandy leaves behind for her precious memories her children, Joseph (Linda) Pecchia of Boardman and Joanne (Dan) MacMurchy of Boardman; grandchildren, Nicole Pecchia (fiance Shaun Lindsay) from Austintown, Luke (Jennifer) Pecchia from Boardman, Christina (Anthony) Jandrokovic from Boardman, Julie (Justin) Rings of Indianola, Wash., Jessica (Jane) MacMurchy from Poland and Dan (Jessica) MacMurchy of Boardman; great-grandchildren, Vinny, Christian, Marissa, Gavyn, Sophia, Devin, Landyn, Jimmy, Eli, Lennon and Niko; sister, Fina Pecchia; sister-in-law, Clara (Jim) Richards and several nieces, nephews, cousins ââand friends. Along with her parents and loving husband, Sandy was predeceased by her brother, Gabriel Bernabeo.
Sandy’s family would like to warmly thank two caregivers, Barb and Lisa, who spent wonderful hours caring for Sandy. Special thanks also go to the staff of Wickshire Living in Poland.
Family and friends can honor Sandy from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman, 4221 Market Street, and again from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 4. 2021, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman.
There will be a Christian funeral mass presided over by Reverend Phillip Rogers at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Greater East Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Family and friends can visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send their condolences to Sandy’s family.