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Gevene C. "Gene" Sprecacenere

July 30, 1931 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Gevene Sprecacenere Obituary

GIRARD — Gevene C. “Gene” Sprecacenere, age 92, of Girard, died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 30, 1931, in San Vito Chietino, Abruzzo, Italy, the son of the late Tommaso and Margherita “Margaret” (nee Letavec) Sprecacenere.

Gene was an honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Henley DD-762 in the Korean War. Gene was a superintendent at Syro Steel; he was a 2nd Ward Councilman in Niles; he was a Safety Service Director in Niles, under the late Mayor Joseph Cicero; he was also one of the officers in the Sons of Italy in Warren; and was a member of the St. George Croatian Center on Vestal Road in Youngstown.

His hobbies included gardening, sharing his produce with family and friends..He also found enjoyment in golfing in his younger years, vacationing, visiting casinos and flipping houses.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed watching Western movies. Gene also enjoyed dining out weekly with his best friend, Sonny Bennett.

Survivors include his two daughters, Lisa Haines, who lived with him, and Jean Donofrio; his grandchildren, Heather (Todd) Bivens, Derek Donofrio, Dane Donofrio and Ashley Haines; and his great-grandchildren, Page, Summer, Kristopher, Zailey, Ian Jr. and Kinsley, all of Florida. Gene’s two sisters also survive, Margaret Ali and Anna Enyings; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that mourn his loss.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Catherine Adamcik, Felix Sprecacenere and Thomas “Buddy” Sprecacenere; his nephew, Hubert Haas; and his niece, Angela Enyings; his former wife, Yolanda Iezzi; and his son-in-law, Richard Haines.

Per Gene’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will not be any services or calling hours. In his memory, those who wish may plant a tree by visiting the funeral home website.

All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, Warren, Ohio.

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