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Silvia Ciotola


Silvia Ciotola, 89, of Upper Arlington peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday July 12th, 2022. Silvia was born July 7, 1933 in Cerreto, Italy. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Angela Apollonio. She is preceded in death by her husband, Angelo Ciotola, and mother and father-in-law Concetta & Francesco Ciotola. Also preceded in death by her sister; Concetta (Odo) Rotolo, and brother; Carlo (Maria) Apollonio, as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. In 1963, Silvia immigrated by boat to Canada with her husband Angelo and daughter, Tonia. Shortly after, they celebrated the birth of their son, Robert. Silvia was the "Ultimate Nonna" and truly the caretaker of the family. She loved nothing more than taking care of people, especially her kids and grandkids. In 1970, after Silvia and family moved to Columbus, Ohio, they connected with the rest of the Ciotolas, Apollonios and Rotolos and would become household names in the Columbus restaurant scene. Silvia worked hard preparing delicious meals for so many others over the years, we like to think now she is finally enjoying a meal for herself. Silvia, Angelo, & their families spent many moons in their "happy place", Pompano Beach, Florida, where they made great friends and memories. Silvia is survived by her daughter; Tonia (Wayne) Erdman, and son; Robert (Amy VanDyke). She is also survived by her loving grandchildren; David (Colleen), Daniel (Aly), Andrew (Kim) Erdman, Clay, Jake and Savannah Ciotola. She was blessed with seven great-grandchildren; Ella, Addy, Henry, Cameron, Jack, Danny, and Beau. She also leaves behind her sister; Mafalda Rotolo, sisters-in-law; Joanna Policaro, Italia Ciotola, Maria Ciotola, Evenlina Ciotola and brother-in-law; Joe Milano Sr. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in the United States, Italy, and Canada. You were never a stranger at Silvia's table, whether it was your first time there or if she'd met you countless times before, but still butchered your name, and that's why we loved her. We know she's been reunited with Nonno (Angelo) and they are preparing a heavenly feast. May her final journey be filled with peace and love and may the angels lead her to Christ. Rest in Peace Nonna. We love you. The family would like to thank the staff of The Forum at Knightsbridge and Capital City Hospice, all of whom we thank dearly for their care, compassion and support. Mom, you loved us unconditionally, and showed us by example what is most important in life- love, faith, and family; and for that we will be forever grateful. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association -