Anna Karaffa

KARAFFA, Anna Marie (nee Dahill), 84, of Columbus, Ohio, a former long-time resident of Toronto, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, seven years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Anna Marie was born on January 29, 1929 in Toronto, Ohio, where she resided until recently. She is the daughter of the late William J. and Nancy (Cramer) Dahill Sr.

She is a 1946 graduate of Toronto High School and a member of the St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church. She served for many years as a library aide at the Lincoln School where she was beloved by the children and her fellow staff members.

She was a member of the Young Mothers Card Club for 58 years, the Toronto Lidramu Club, and the Toronto Band Mothers, serving as a counselor at Toronto Band Camp for many summers. Anna Marie was best known among her family and friends for her baking skills, especially her Christmas cookies.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her three brothers, William J. Dahill Jr., Harold K. Dahill, and Donald Dahill.

Anna Marie is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joseph T. Karaffa, who is a former Superintendent of the Toronto City Schools; two daughters, Mrs. Nancy J. Gill and her husband David of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Susan K. Schnell of Columbus, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Annie Gill (Phillip Welshans), Katie and Joey Gill, Julie Schnell; and nine nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to thank the Memory Care staff of The Forum at Knightsbridge for the wonderful care they provided to her for the past three years and the staff at Kobacker House for the compassionate care they provided to her in her final days.

Family and friends will gather for visitation on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at the Clarke Funeral Home, 302 Main St. Toronto, Ohio 43964, 740-537-1234/ 855-847-1240 and a Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Additional visitation hours will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 9-9:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home where the family will share and celebrate Anna Marie’s life.

A Requiem with Divine Liturgy will follow at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church (814 North Fifth St. Toronto, Ohio 43964) with Reverend Father John Kapitan Jr. OFM Pastor as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Toronto Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Anna Marie’s name may be made to either The Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1379 Dublin Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43215 or The Joseph and Anna Marie Karaffa Award for Excellence in Education through the Toronto Alumni Association.

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