Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dorothy A. Cirata

Dorothy A. Cirata, age 92, of Shelby, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Spoharski) Kolakowski. She was a graduate of Clark High School, Scot Township, Pennsylvania and was a homemaker. On June 5, 1948 she married John Cirata. They moved their family to Shelby from Pittsburgh when John took a job as an electrical engineer with Copperweld. She was a very active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where she had been a collection counter and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Dorothy was a volunteer at Shelby Memorial Hospital for many years, and enjoyed dancing- especially polka, playing cards and eating breakfast weekly with her breakfast group. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her 7 children: Sue (Bob) Mahek of Shelby, Ray (Pam) Cirata of Lorain, Ron (Monica) Cirata of Shelby, Sharon (Mark) Dorian of Fairview Park, Tom (Michele) Cirata of Poquoson, VA, John (Julie) Cirata of Brea, CA, and Fr. David Cirata of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Teresa Figura and Marie (Bob) Sherwin both of Pennsylvania. In addition to her parents Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband: John Cirata in 1995, and a brother: Joseph Kolakowski.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a Christian Wake Service will be conducted at 7 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, with Father David Cirata, her son, celebrating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Alice Mescher says:

    Our Deepest Sympathies to all The Cirata Families. Bob and Sue and family, you are in Mescher Family’s thoughts and prayers.

    Tim and Alice

  2. Jeff & Laurie Kirk says:

    We are very sorry to hear of her passing. Dot was a lovely lady. Prayers of comfort for her family.

  3. Paul & Marian Coleman says:

    With Love and Prayers

    Paul & Marian Coleman

  4. Mary Bandman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  5. Berne Figura Veneski says:

    Gary & I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Dorothy – she was a very special lady – we had such fun every time we came to Shelby. Hugs to all my cousins & their families.

  6. Eddie Parsons says:

    Sue and Bob and the whole Cirata family you have my condolences on the loss of your mother. You are in my prayers.

  7. Dorian says:

    Our deepest sympathies to all of the Cirata family for the loss of such a beautiful soul. Dorian Family

  8. Nancy (Parsons) Schmidt says:

    Sue & Bob, Ray & Pam, Ron & Monica, Sharon & Mark, Tom & Michele, John & Julie, Father David and families, I’m am so sorry about the loss of your mother. She was such a beautiful lady both inside and out. She cared for everyone, I always enjoyed times spent at your home talking with her. You all have my deepest sympathy and you are in my prayers.

  9. Bill & Maryann Boaden says:

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy as you grieve the death of your mother. Knowing that she is in heaven now and suffers no pain still not does not lessen your pain. Know that your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Fr. David L. Ritchie says:

    My Prayers and thoughts go to Fr. David and The Cirata Family at the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Losing a Mother is a very difficult thing to endure. I’m sure that Fr. David will Celebrate wonderfully and bring peace to all who loved Dorothy. My prayers for you Fr. David for the strength to do what you always do so well. God Bless, Fr. David L. Ritchie, Toledo

  11. Fred Studer says:

    To Sue and the rest of the Cirata Family, so sorry for your loss. May God Keep and Bless You and Yours Always……

  12. M/M C. Skorupski says:

    Our sincere offer of sympathy and prayer to the family of Dorothy Cirata and especially to Fr. D. Cirata, our parish priest at St. John the Baptist in Toledo, Ohio from those who daily attend mass during the week.

  13. Dick & Rosemary Koziarski says:

    Dear Fr. Dave,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Being a widow for 22 years, she must’ve carried on valiantly surrounded by her lovely family. What a treasure to be able to have her funeral (praying for you to get through it as you always do a wonderful job, as we know you will). With you in spirit…
    May she RIP.

  14. Linda Wetz LaGoy says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Cirata family. Your mother was a beautiful and kind person.

  15. fr. Bob Wilhelm says:

    To Fr. Dave and the members of your extended family.
    My prayerful condolences at the loss of your mother and relative. No matter what the age of a parent, the death of one whom we love dearly always leaves an enormous hole in our lives, even though we firmly believe that they are with a loving and gracious God.
    I will not be with your physically at the time or the Mass of Resurrection as I will be at the funeral of the mother of one of my study group members in Rossford. My prayers are for you and your family that God will sustain you at this very difficult time
    Fr. Bob Wilhelm.

  16. Barbara (Baker) Hess says:

    Sue and the Cirata family. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  17. Sharon Mesnard says:

    Father Dave and Cirata Family. Sorry for the loss of one so loved by many. Treasure the many memories. I know Father Dave will celebrate her life with reverence and spiritual love as he does so well and meaningful. Prayers of acceptance, peace and comfort. Parishioner from St. Mary’s Edgerton OH.

  18. Darlene M. Schings says:

    Father Dave and the Cirata Family. No matter who dies in a family it is always such a large loss. Moms are special people who gave us birth, taught us to love one another as Jesus said, and are there for us unconditionally. Thank God Dorothy gave us a wonderful and caring priest here at St. John’s. My prayers are with you Fr. Dave and your family.

  19. Beverly & Victor Hernandez says:

    Father Dave and Family, So sorry to hear the news about your beautiful mother..We love you at St. John the Baptist, and send our prayers and blessings to all of you…God Bless You..

  20. Kathy Huffman says:

    Fr. Dave and family ~ you have our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she would come to Mass at St. Jerome. She was a lovely lady. She was so kind and caring and always looked beautiful! I know you will lovingly and reverently send her on her way at Mass. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey through your sorrow.

  21. Gayle Pickard-Fishman says:

    Ron, Sharon and Family, With sincere sympathy in the passing of your mom. From your old neighbors, the Pickards

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