Robert J. Cianchetti Sr.

May 15, 1917December 7, 2012

Robert J. Cianchetti, Sr., age 95 of Ravenna, slipped into the Lord’s hands on Friday, December 7, 2012.

He was born May 15, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Lucio and Santina Cianchetti of Villetta Barrea, Italy. Robert graduated from North High School in Akron and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He spent time stationed in Japan and also served in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of service.

For 42 years, Robert worked with the Fred W. Albrecht Grocery Co., later Acme, and was the manager of the Ravenna store for 25 years. On February 11, 1943, he married Minnie Merle Anthony in Columbus, Georgia, and later moved to northeast Ohio to raise their family. The couple was very active in Town and Country and the Western Whirlers Square Dance Clubs. Mr. Cianchetti was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish, the Sons of Italy, and a past member of Kiwanis. He enjoyed gardening and fishing, and was proud of his family.

Survivors include his children: Robert J. (Melody) Cianchetti, Jr. of Madrid, Spain, Paul A. (Dianne) Cianchetti, Sr. of Cincinnati, Philip T. (Marcia) Cianchetti of Tallmadge, Laura (Andre) Fortin of Enumclaw, Washington, and Mark A. (Mary Jo) Cianchetti of St. George Island, Florida. He is also survived by 14 loving grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and his sister Della Vargo of Cuyahoga Falls.

Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years Minnie Merle Cianchetti on February 19, 2011. He was also preceded by his son John L. Cianchetti, his granddaughter Amy Cianchetti, his sisters Mary Nolan, Jean DiNuoscio, Helen Cianchetti, and his brothers Issidore Cianchetti and Vincent Cianchetti.

Friends will be received Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 5-8 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend John Madden on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 409 W. Main St., Ravenna. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna. Condolences and memories may be shared at Memorial contributions may be made to the Portage County Ostomy Association or Catholic Charities of Portage County.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Bruce Pifel

December 11, 2012

Bob, Paul, Phil, Laura, Marc and families,
My deepest sympathy. Your parents and mine remained friends throughout the years. Certainly some of the gray hair came from the escapades of the neighborhood kids as we explored the north side of Tallmadge. There are a lot of good memories from those times. Keep them close.
A neighbor, a classmate, a friend.

Maria A. Cianchetti

December 11, 2012

I am very sorry I cannot be there with all of you. Dad was a wonderful person and so now we will have another guardian angel. All my love for all of you. Melody

Maria A. (Melody) Cianchetti

December 11, 2012

In loving memory of a wonderful person. Dad, I will love you and miss you always. I know you will be my guardan angel. Tell mom that I miss her too. Love, Melody

December 11, 2012

Please accept our sincerest condolences. Sending many prayers your way.
Rick & Susan Mellott Scheper.

Anne Tavoletti (Del Monte)

December 10, 2012

We always referred to them as "Big Bob and Minnie Merle", they just went together. I remember as a child going to Ravenna to visit "Big Bob, and Minnie Merle", Bob was my dad's cousin. We always had a great time at their house, such wonderful memories of picnics, and family gatherings. He was a special man, who always made you feel welcome, he will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Lots of love,
Anne Del Monte (Tavoletti) and family, and John and Jean Del Monte

William Gilcrist

December 9, 2012

Our sincere condolences to Robert's family, friends and Alumni. We have added Robert J. Cianchetti, Sr. to the North High Viking (Class of 1935) web site,
His Memorial will be on this site for eternity. Anyone can visit it and post comments. We are sorry to hear of your loss. It always touches us when we have to add a Viking alumnus to our memorial page. Robert J. Cianchetti, Sr.
William Gilcrist Site Creator
Wooster Ohio

Sarah Lund-Goldstein

December 9, 2012

With heavy hearts we offer our condolences. Bob and Minnie Merle were wonderful neighbors on Zeta Street. A conversation with Bob was always a highlight of my day while living there. And our daughter (now 13) still cherrishes a blanket they gave her for her first birthday our first year next door. God bless! - The Lund-Goldsteins.

December 9, 2012

Dear Guy,
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your grandfather. May GOD embrace you. May you have the peace that passeth all understanding. In HIS love, janell fatheree, buchtel '67

susan (sparhawk)lewis

December 9, 2012

I knew you mom and dad threw square dancing for many years. My parents danced when they were alive, Alan and Gertrude Sparhawk. I have been in the ravenna store many times over the years and had seen your dad, and did xmas money cards thru them. They were great people, she was very soft spoken person,. I just had major surgury on friday so i will not be able to attend, if not i would have been there to pay my respects to a great man.I also danced for many years thru Western Whirlers, Canton Teens.

December 9, 2012

Laura, Bob, Paul, Phil, Marc and families,

Were so sorry to hear about Uncle Robert. I remember so many visits to Ravenna when we were kids. Your dad reminded me so much of my dad.

With love and sympathy,
Lori, John, John & Daniel