Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

John Ottaviani, 76

John Ottaviani, age 76, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 4:30 a.m. at his home surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on October 13, 1943, in Ellwood City, to Dario and Ann (Maiorano) Ottaviani. He was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 1965 graduate of Youngstown State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was formerly employed at Mathews Conveyor, and Babcock & Wilcox. He retired from FedEx as a collections specialist in 2005.

John was married to the former Virginia Kathryn Ottobre. They recently observed their 40th wedding anniversary, as they were married July 5, 1980. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Darin John Ottaviani of South Bend, IN. He is also survived by sisters-in-law: Pamela J. Ottaviani; Anita Ottobre (Jay Gettens) of Prospect; Deanna (Steve) Ottobre-Pierog of Akron, OH; and a brother-in-law Warren (Brenda) Ottobre of Westerville, OH; and by nephews and nieces Cory (Lauren) Ottaviani; Joshua Ottaviani; Heather (Gerald) Hoffman; Ryan Ottobre; Aaron Ninos; Jared (Jenny) Ninos; Cameron Ninos, and Dena and Derek Pierog. John is also survived by great-nieces and nephews: Ella and Cameron Ottaviani; Carter and Avery Hoffman; and Mariana and Luella Ninos.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David J. Ottaviani in 2012, and his in-laws, Warren and Dena Ottobre.

John (like his father and uncles) was an avid golfer in his younger days and spent much of his leisure time watching golf on TV. He was also a loyal Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins fan. He enjoyed trips to the campuses of the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame for sporting events. John was a talented pianist playing by “ear.” He was a member of Babe Alfera’s “Classics.”
Their group performed for many years at the Eagles in New Castle and also at private parties and weddings. His most treasured moments, however, were spent in the company of his beloved wife and son.

He is a member of Holy Redeemer Church. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 14, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. on Spring Avenue in Ellwood City. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 15, at Holy Redeemer. Fr. Mark Thomas, Parochial Vicar, will be the celebrant. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Mausoleum.

Those attending the visitation and mass are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund or the American Cancer Society. John’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the AHN Hospice and Home Health team.


  • Mare Cirelli Posted August 10, 2020 1:44 pm

    Heaven has another angel.

  • Doreen Lonnett Palatka Posted August 11, 2020 4:27 am

    I just remember John as a Gentleman with a grand smile. My sympathies to his entire family.

  • Kevin L Hamilton Posted August 11, 2020 8:31 am

    To Mr. Ottaviani’s family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you at this difficult time.

    To Mrs. O and Darin,
    Please keep the wonderful memories of John in your heart and God will help you through the difficult days. He will always be with you until you are all reunited with him someday in Heaven.

    If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will be happy to help out with anything.
    Best regards.
    Kevin L. Hamilton

  • Fr. Jim Bracke scs Posted August 11, 2020 10:37 am

    I am deeply sorry for the death of your beloved husband and father John. I have been praying for John over the last number of years as I have been privileged to serve as staff chaplain and deeply respect Darin I am offering Mass Sat here for him at Notre Dame and I was at the Grotto this morning lighting a candle for John and for you and all of Johns loved ones who survive. God’s Love and strength in the Risen Jesus be near you now and in the days, months and years ahead. In Notre Dame, Fr. Jim Bracke csc Staff Chaplain

  • Jocko Posted August 11, 2020 1:01 pm

    Virginia and Darin my deepest sympathy to you both on the passing of John. He was truly a wonderful man and friend. I have a lot of great memories of times spent together laughing and carrying on. I will miss him dearly. My prayers are with you and may God comfort you in this time of sorrow! Jocko

  • Debra Mohr Posted August 11, 2020 9:13 pm

    I send my deepest sympathies to you and your son and your family and friends. May all the memories you’ve made help you through this difficult time. RIP John

  • Dick and Helen Ottobre Posted August 12, 2020 1:41 pm

    Virginia and Darin,
    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Be assured we will keep Your family in our
    thoughts and prayers .
    Dick and Helen Ottobre

  • Jodie Magill Posted August 12, 2020 8:21 pm

    Virginia we are so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and your son.

    Wendy & Jodie
    Country ub Cleaners

  • Nate Weir Posted August 12, 2020 9:14 pm

    My condolences. Was a great man

  • Jean barsotti Posted August 15, 2020 9:58 am

    Mrs O and Darin. Thoughts and prayers to you both. He was a wonderful man

  • Debra Day Posted September 30, 2020 10:16 pm

    Virginia, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your son, Darin.Johnny was a wonderful man. My mom always spoke highly of the both of you. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love Ken and Deb Day (Maiorano)

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