A resident of Dennison throughout most of his life, he was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church and a 1932 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II before returning home to resume his long career with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he was a track foreman for the maintenance of way department. He was avid history buff and sports fan in his spare time, especially enjoying the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.
On September 25, 1937, he married the former Vera Teresa Barnabi with whom he enjoyed over sixty-eight years of marriage until her passing on December 7, 2005. They are survived by two daughters, Judy (J.C.) Perkins of Dennison and Chris Moore of Columbus; a grandson, Brian Perkins of Reynoldsburg; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas and Sydney Perkins of Reynoldsburg. Rico is also survived by a brother, Arthur J. “Arco” DiDonato of Dennison; a sister-in-law, Mary K. Barnabi of Dennison; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Guido “Weed” DiDonato, and an infant brother.
Services for Rico, officiated by Father Anthony Lonzo, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, in Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison. Visitation will begin with a Christian Wake Service at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment in Weirton’s St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery will be on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with a military committal service. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Immaculate Conception Church Memorial Book Fund.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.