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Sue Marie DiPaolo

Sue Marie DiPaolo passed peacefully to her eternal home with her family and Lord at her side on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Dublin, Ohio.

Sue was born September 21, 1932 in Mingo Junction, Ohio to Joseph and Susan Kovach; she was the 10th of 11 children in a happy and gregarious Hungarian family.

Sue graduated from Mingo High School and the B.M. Spurr School of Practical Nursing in Glendale, West Virginia. Sue began her nursing career at the Gill Memorial Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio and retired from St. John’s Hospital as a recovery room nurse decades later.

Sue met the “love of her life”, Armand DiPaolo Sr, and they married on July 28, 1956. Together, they raised two sons, Armand Jr (Rick) and John. A devoted wife and mother, Sue’s family was the essence in her life.

Sue loved choral music, especially opera and sacred hymns. She pursued that passion as a soloist for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, in the lead female role of “Golda” in the Steubenville Players production of Fiddler on The Roof and as a member of the Steubenville Chorale Society.

Always the achiever, Sue attended the Clark, Gilbert and Silverthorn Academy of Cosmetology and became a licensed beautician. Sue became an instructor and manager of the cosmetology school sharing her passion for outer and inner beauty with future stylists.

Sue’s life was full and well-lived; she often said, she “did it all and never let anything stop her.” She never met a stranger and was respectful and welcoming to all. The rock in her life was her mother who gave life to 11 children; delivering them at home, no doctors, no hospitals or modern conveniences; only the strength to carry on for her family. Sue never forgot her humble beginnings and was thankful for all that came her way in life.

Sue is survived by her two children Armand Jr (Darla) and John (Kelly); beloved granddaughters, Erica and Andrea DiPaolo; sister Ann Livingston and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Armand Sr; parents Joseph and Susan Kovach; siblings Frank, John, George, Steve, Alex, Joseph, Betty Cornelius, Judy Crawford, Margaret Fontana; niece Barbara Kovach; and her grandson Alex DiPaolo.

A family gathering and memorial service will be held from 1-3 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214; Pastor Zachary Ostrem will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the OhioHealth Hospice Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr, Columbus, OH 43214 or online at

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  • Joyce says:

    Attended Clark Gilbert and silver thorn. Good memories. Sincere sympathy

  • Terri English says:

    I always loved and admired your mom. She was a great nurse and a loyal friend. I haven’t seen her in years but I often thought of her and our times together. Prayers to all.

  • Gina DiPaolo says:

    Rick, John, and family,

    I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Aunt Sue. No one was there for me more when my own mom passed. She was there for me at the funeral and in the times and years later, and relayed so many stories and happy memories of family life to me. Aunt Sue was a true champion and inspiration of life.

    Of course my memories as a child include those of her beloved poodles, amazing singing voice, and the fancy glasses we always got “pop” to drink from when we got to visit Aunt Sue and Uncle Armand in Steubenville.

    I can still hear her calling Uncle Armand to the phone when I called, and ending every phone call with “I love you sweetheart”.

    I am forever grateful Aunt Sue was a part of my life. My love and prayers are with you all.
    Gina DiPaolo

  • Sameer Vaidya says:

    Rick, and Family:

    Your devotion, attentiveness & respect made it easier for your Mom/GrandMa to cross over to the other side. Her heart was filled with love and joy knowing that she leaves behind a wonderful legacy of a caring and beautiful family.
    She is in a good place, united with her lifelong love, smiling, and full of blessings for her family.

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