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Orlando Carabbia – Obituary – Mahoning Valley


Orlando Carabbia, 93, from Poland, died on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Orlie was born on April 4, 1927 in Lowellville to the late Anthony and Carmel Carbone Carabbia. Orlie left high school when he entered the Navy as a senior, where he served honorably as Seaman First Class and joined combat during World War II. After his honorary discharge, he attended the Chicago Cold School and then the New Castle School of Trades. He became a bricklayer at a local contractor in Struthers. He loved and had the talent to design, create and build things. He was an entrepreneur, a visionary, and a mentor to everyone. When Orlie was younger and before he married, Orlie enjoyed boating and water skiing.

On November 10, 1962, he married “the best women he ever knew,” Francine Ruellen of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Struthers, where he drove trucks for a construction company. In 1965, Orlie founded and operated Crown Music & Vending Company, Inc. He grew the business to a great success and was one of the largest amusement machine companies in the area for over 50 years. As a visionary, in 1970 he asked his father to help him buy an off-company gas station in Struthers. He drew his plans for the building in the gravel parking lot and opened it in 1971 and it became one of the most famous bars / restaurants in the area. Orlie loved to cook and create new dishes and just enjoyed throwing things together and it was always delicious. He was known for making the best Italian fried greens in the region. In addition to numerous other companies established and operated by him, he and his two sons began rebuilding houses for rent in 2008, which he continued until his retirement.

Orlie loved singing so much to his children and grandchildren that when he was younger and in California he was asked to record a song, but sadly had not done so until now. Selfless and caring and full of wisdom, he looked after and advised so many people, changed and saved many lives. He was a member of the parish of Christ Our Savior in St. Nicholas Church and had a strong faith in the Lord. He was very grateful and always said, “God has been good to me.” Whatever came his way, he never gave up or complained. He was very sociable and sociable with everyone, made many friends, and showed unconditional love to them and his family. He leaves innumerable lessons of wisdom, funny stories and songs.

“Orlando leaves a great loss in the hearts of those of us who have been given the precious gift of making him touch our lives.”

He goes back to keep his fond memories, his sons Orlando Carabbia Jr. and Michael F. Carabbia, both from Struthers; his daughter Michelle F. Carabbia from the municipality of Poland, where he has settled; and his precious grandchildren Mila Francine and Givanni Michael as well as Carla Carabbia and Cathy DePizzo.

In addition to his parents, Orlando was led to his death by his brother Charles D. Carabbia; and his sister Jeannie Celec; and his former wife and dear friend Francine.

The family thanks Dr. Anthony Cutrona, Dr. Joshua Gady and Dr. Patsy Buccino.

The visitation will take place on Monday, April 12, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., Struthers. On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:30 a.m., a funeral mass will take place in the parish of Christ our Redeemer in the St. Nicholas Church, which is celebrated by Pastor Marian Babjak. The funeral procession leaves the funeral home at 11 a.m. for mass. The funeral will take place in the Polish cemetery by the river.

Due to COVID-19, security precautions are being taken. The 6 foot rule is observed and all guests whose health permits it are asked to wear a mask. For everyone’s health and safety, visitors shouldn’t dwell on the respect unless they stay for the service.


Janet Smith