RONALD J. MANOLIO
RONALD J. MANOLIO. Beloved husband, of 57 years, of Elizabeth (nee DeMaioribus); dearest father of Mark (wife, Gina), Meribeth Pannitto (husband, Joseph), Mona Bolander (husband, James), Matthew (wife, Michelle) and Melissa Harvey; devoted grandfather of Jennifer, Deanna, Matt, Jonatha, Alexa, Brandon, Sarah, Zachary, Shannon and Ella; dear brother of Eilene Fazio (deceased) (husband, Pat). He created Eggshelland, in 1957 and was a collector of antique cars. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2012, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Family will receive friends at THE VICCHIARELLI FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD) FRIDAY, 2 - 4 P.M. and 6 - 8 P.M. www.vicchiarellifh.com
Published in The Plain Dealer from August 9 to August 10, 2012
Ronald Manolio, known for popular Eggshelland Easter displays at his Lyndhurst home, dies at 82
Jeff Piorkowski, Sun NewsPosted: 08/09/2012 4:13 PM
LYNDHURST -- Ronald Manolio, the man who with his wife, Betty, created Eggshelland, an annual display that celebrated Easter and made largely from eggshells, has died.
According to his wife of 57 years, Manolio died Aug. 7.
"He had blood poisoning from an abscessed tooth," she said. "He was coming along very well and had been in the hospital (Hillcrest Hospital) about a month."
Betty Manolio said her husband, 82, was about to start rehabilitation while at Regency Hospital in Warrensville Heights when he died.
"It was a shock," she said. "We thought he was doing well."
The Manolios began Eggshelland in 1957 while living on the corner of Mayfield and Brainard roads.
"We started with 750 eggs in the shape of a cross," Betty Manolio said. "Then, of course, when we moved (to Linden Lane) we had more room and made it much larger.
"He loved to see people enjoy something, Betty Manolio said. "He was happy to see people smile."
In addition to eggshells, other props were used as the displays became more grand. Each year's display featured a theme, although religion was always at the heart of the displays.
As the tradition became more well known in Lyndhurst, and news spread to surrounding communities, cars would jam Linden Lane on the days leading up to Easter, necessitating a police presence to keep traffic moving. Local news broadcasts frequently reported on the displays, as did media in other parts of the country.
Betty Manolio said there would be one last Easter display next year.
"It will be a goodbye to my husband," she said.
Ronald Manolio is also survived by five grown children -- Mark; Maribeth Panitto; Mona Bolander, of Pittsburgh; Matthew; and Melissa Harvey. Other than Bolander, the others live in the Greater Cleveland area. All helped in building the displays.
Visiting hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at Vicchiarelli Funeral Home, 5252 Mayfield Road. The funeral Mass will held at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6850 Mayfield Road in Gates Mills.
Ronald Manolio, creator of Lyndhurst's iconic Eggshelland, dies at 82
Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 5:28 PM Updated: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 8:00 PM