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Cosmo D. DeBartolo

March 22, 1924 — March 15, 2024



Cosmo D DeBartolo entered the presence of his heavenly Father on March 15, 2024, just one week shy of his 100th birthday.


Cosmo D DeBartolo was born March 22, 1924, in Youngstown, at the family home on McGuffey Rd, a son of the late Jack and Grace (Sassanelli) DeBartolo. He graduated from South High School in 1942. He willingly served his country, joining the United States Army, serving during World War II with the 882 Airborne Engineers Aviation Battalion in the Pacific Theater, reaching the rank of First Sergeant, as well as holding the position of Chaplain’s assistant. He returned from the war and married the lovely Loretta Buccilli, the angel and helpmate of his life. They enjoyed a long, productive life together for 75 years as Boardman residents.


After studying and teaching carpentry apprenticeship, Mr. DeBartolo established and owned Youngstown Standard Construction Co., working as a general Contractor, builder, and developer throughout the valley. He contributed to Youngstown’s thriving Subdivisions and businesses, retiring in 1995. 


In addition to being a businessman, he was a devoted layman in the church, serving as a worship leader, soloist, and adult Sunday School teacher for 55 years, 35 of those years at Calvary Assembly of God in Boardman. (presently Bridge of Hope) In the recent years, he was a member of Highway Tabernacle.  In these layman capacities, he invested in countless lives, building their Christian walk of faith. He was truly a mighty warrior of God.  


In addition to the church leadership, Mr DeBartolo brought the organization of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International to Youngstown, establishing the local chapter, serving as president and International Director, ministering to this valley for 30 years. 


Mr DeBartolo’s love for the Word of God kept him continually studying, and earned him a diploma in Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1996. 


His other endeavors included: International Director with the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen (IFCB); President of Service Men Christian Legion; Charter member of Light for the Lost; and active member of several organizations, including Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBA), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).


Mr. DeBartolo’s influence literally crossed the globe with his mentorship and evangelism. He was also known and loved as a beloved husband, brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all. 


He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, Cosmo Kenneth DeBartolo of Houston, Karen Lyn (Bill) Fisher of Boardman; two grandchildren, Jordan Cosmo DeBartolo of Boardman, Tamara DeBartolo Fator (Charles) of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Brityn Fator; two step-grandsons Greg Valley of Houston, Brian Valley (Lacey and baby Lynley) of Washington State; and one brother, Jack DeBartolo, Jr. (Patsy) of Phoenix; and brother-in-law Richard McDaniel, and many nieces and nephews. 


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, the former Loretta Buccilli, who passed away November 22, 2021; one brother Frank (Anne) DeBartolo; and three sisters Dorthy (Ernie) Bernard, Antoinette (Samuel) Fortunato (Donald) Flood, and Eleanor (Richard) McDaniel.


The family would like to thank Caprice Health Care Center in North Lima for the compassionate and kind care Cosmo received during his last months of life. 


If so desired, donations can be made to the Missions Department of Highway Tabernacle,

3000 S. Raccoon Rd,  Youngstown, Oh  44515.


Friends will be received from 2:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Highway Tabernacle Church, followed immediately by a funeral service beginning at 4:00 p.m. Military honors will then be rendered for his service to our country at the end of the service, with a dinner following. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Monday morning.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman. Please visit to send the family condolences.

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