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Mary Lou (nee Bongirolami) Krizner, age 84, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, passed away
peacefully on November 10, 2022.
Born on September 6, 1938, Mary Lou grew up in the Kinsman Road neighborhood on the
Southeast side of Cleveland. She attended Saint Cecilia Catholic Church and Elementary School.
As the youngest of six sisters (two of whom were each married before she was 6 years old),
Mary Lou spent much of her youth with nieces and nephews who were close in age to her. It
was in this environment that she learned the meaning of family – a lesson she brought with her
when she began raising her own family.
She graduated from Hoban Dominican High School in 1956. Shortly thereafter, Mary Lou and
her family moved to South Euclid.
It was during this time period that Mary Lou began working for Luria Brothers where, in 1960,
she met Ron Krizner. They began dating and soon fell in love.
Mary Lou and Ron became engaged at Christmastime 1960 and were married on August 5,
1961, at Saint Margaret Mary Church in South Euclid.
After living on Svec Avenue in Cleveland after they were first married, Mary Lou and Ron moved
to Wickliffe in October 1962 where they raised their children, Ken, Karen and Paul.
The house in Wickliffe became the center of many family gatherings, most notably Christmas
dinner when our extended family would come and celebrate.
After 27 years in Wickliffe, Mary Lou and Ron moved to Brentwood, Tennessee. Although it was
just the two of them, they built a house with guests in mind. Mary Lou and Ron were always
ready to welcome family and friends. They also built lasting friendships during their 20 years in
In 2009, Mary Lou and Ron moved back to Northeast Ohio and lived in Willoughby, again
welcoming all guests into their house.
Mary Lou was an avid reader. Among her favorite authors were Clive Cussler and Debbie
Macomber. She played tennis and volleyball with other mothers in the neighborhood. And she
was an amazing cook, with many specialties including chicken paprikash, spaghetti, stuffed
cabbage and pizzelles.
Mary Lou is survived by her children Ken (Tricia), Karen Young (Michael) and Paul (Charlene);
grandchildren Jason Young, Steven Young, Alexis Krizner, Emily Krizner and Evan Krizner;
numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Marianne Krizner.
She is preceded in death by husband Ron; parents Enrico and Frances Bongirolami; sisters
Yolanda (Frank) Anelli, Eleanor Bongirolami, Erma (Joseph) DiMarco, Ercelia Bongirolami and
Norma Lengyel; brothers-in-law Bob Krizner and Jim Krizner; sister-in-law Sharon Krizner; nieces
Francine (Gary) Heidorn and Carol Glorioso McGee; and great-niece Jennifer DiMarco.
FRIENDS MAY CALL SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20 at THE FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME 5236 MAYFIELD ROAD, LYNDHURST, 44124 (EAST OF RICHMOND ROAD) FROM 3 TO 6 PM. ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 21, AT 10 AM FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO GATHER FOR MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL AT OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH, 29840 EUCLID AVE. WICKLIFFE, 44092 Entombment will be private at All Saints Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Hospice of the Western Reserve and Brookdale Senior
Living (Wickliffe) for their tender care of mom in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children Hospital in care of
ALSAC/St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now
or Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192. https://p2p.onecause.com/donateonetime/donate