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Friday, October 10, 2014

Restaurateur, Businesswoman Dorothy Chirillo
Passes Away at Age 77

Dorothy J. Chirillo, 77, of 130 Kennedy Street, Bradford, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at UPMC Hamot, Erie surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 28, 1936, in Emporium, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mabel Striech Gennocro.

She was a graduate of the Cameron County High School, Emporium.

On June 28, 1958, she married Egidio D. “Gino” Chirillo who preceded her in death on January 11, 2001.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and she also enjoyed cooking.

Mrs. Chirillo and her husband were the former co-owners of the Colonial Hotel, Smethport. In Bradford they were the former co-owners of various restaurants including: The Brook Club, Togi’s Drive-in (which they started), Togi’s Old Barn, Dante’s at the Bradford Mall, Gino’s at the former Howard Johnsons, Gino’s Steakhouse and Gino’s at the DeSoto Motel.

She is survived by one son, Anthony Chirillo of Bradford; three daughters, Anna Marie (John Matthews) Chirillo, Gina Chirillo all of Bradford, Angela (Thomas) Shearon of New Kensington; three brothers, Jim (Dolly) Gennocro of Emporium, Mick (Jan) Gennocro of Tennessee, Sam (Paula Ellsworth) Gennocro of Duke Center; one sister, Margy Putt of Emporium; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Grohe, Andrew and Joseph Reap all of Bradford, Spenser and Parker Shearon of New Kensington and Michelle Chirillo of Georgia; five great-grandchildren, Steven Knowlton, Gabriella and Taylor Anderson all of Bradford, Jaelyn and KyRihanna Chirillo of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one brother, Butch Gennocro and two sisters, Gloria Berry and Sharon Geci.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Bernard Catholic Church on Monday at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. A Christian wake service will be held at the funeral home at 3:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home.

Committal services and entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main St., Bradford, PA 16701.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

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