Dennis J. "D J" Zaffino

December 3, 1966January 29, 2019

Dennis J. " D J " Zaffino, age 52, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. D J was born December 3, 1966 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

D J is the beloved husband of Diane M. (nee Yatsko); loving father of Anthony Mechling, David Zaffino, Elizabeth Zaffino and Dennis Zaffino; devoted grandfather of Owen, Trevor, D J, and Rosie; cherished son of Anna Lamont; dearest brother of Kimberly, Lynae and Dan; uncle and great uncle of many. D J was blessed to have so many good friends, caring co-workers and wonderful neighbors.

A memorial visitation for D J will be held Friday, February 8, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Holick Craciun Funeral Home, 23040 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 PM.

The family suggests contributions in D J’s memory be forwarded to the American Cancer Society.

Memories, thoughts and condolences may be shared at


  • Diane M. Zaffino, Wife
  • Anthony Mechling, Son
  • David Zaffino, Son
  • Elizabeth Zaffino, Daughter
  • Dennis Zaffino, Son
  • Owen, Trevor, D J, & Rosie, Grandchildren
  • Anna Lamont, Mother
  • Kimberly, Lynae & Dan, Siblings
  • Uncle and great uncle of many. D J was blessed to have so many good friends, caring co-workers and wonderful neighbors.


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 8, 2019

Dennis J. "D J" Zaffino

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Kristin Jacobs

February 16, 2019

Diane and family, I am so shocked and saddened by DJ’s passing. I am very sorry for your loss. DJ was a kind and thoughtful man - I will never forget when you, DJ and your son helped my husband to dig out our driveway! I think of you guys and that act of neighborly kindness every time I shovel around our house. I always looked for DJ in the kitchen at Bucci’s - it was great to know he was back there taking care of customers. Please know you are in our prayers. Peace to you all.

Marcie Dentler

February 10, 2019

I met both Diane and Dj when i was very young. They both helped me through more than they both realized. I was a troubled kid but they never let that change how they treated me.. They always wanted the best from me and guided me as much as I let them. I will miss him truly... I wish I could tell you thanks Dj.. When the world was against me own actions and couldn't see it, u helped me to see.. U helped find ways to overcome it. I appreciated all you did for me wish i could repay all the kindness u showed me. I love yall from the bottom of my healing heart... If anyone reading this needs a kind word or encouragement dont hesitate to seek me out.. I want to help people just like they did... Without even knowing they had a big impact on my life... LoL but you will be missed and cant wait to see ya again in the next life.. Diane anything I mean anything you need im here... Forever and always

James Billings

February 10, 2019

Growing up I remember DJ being a stand up guy that loved his family. My condolences on your loss.

Sheila Hile

February 1, 2019

So sad DJ was the sweetest men to now he always came over to me an asked how my day was going an would give me a hug he was the most kind person I know .RIP my friend preys to family an friend's that know hem fly high ..

Lynn Morgan

February 1, 2019

Diane and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of DJ’s passing. May your memories see you through this tough time. Holding you in my prayers.

Kisha McKenzie

February 1, 2019

Omg what a shock!!!! U will b very muched missed.. my prayers n condolences go out to your family.. so sorry dang very kool guy so sorry.. and I will miss you! 🙏🙏😔

Wendy Chavalia

February 1, 2019

DJ’s Witt, timing, and sarcasm was a thing of beauty to behold!! Making jokes, and everyone laugh. His light shining bright and bold, illuminating his surroundings. Showing everyone kindness, support, help, friendship, and love... There is another star in the sky tonight; and it will continue to shine on all of us that knew him. Here’s to you DJ, my friend! I will never forget you. And I promise to always be there for Diane.

Danielle Giampietro

February 1, 2019

DJ was one of the first people I met when I started Buccis Brick Oven. He was always so positive and friendly. We became good friends. He would tease me about my kids or when I screwed up on an order but I knew it was only to make me laugh. He always made me feel good about myself. I knew I could always count on him as a friend. He was like family to me along with his Son Dennis. He will Be truly missed. I hope you rest easy now my friend! Love you always, until we meet again ♥️

Kim Gleske

January 31, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Diane, Dan and DJ’s whole family. DJ was one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He exuded kindness and was always a gentleman. I will miss him.

Owen Mechling

January 31, 2019

He was mlthe best papa I ever had and the only one I could want he is the best!