It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Iolanda Maria Rosaria Piscitelli who passed away peacefully on January 16, 2015 with her family by her side. She was born in Cerisano, Cosenza, Italy on September 27, 1925.
Iolanda and family sailed across the ocean from Italy to Canada in 1949 alongside the Piscitelli family who lived in a small town nearby. It was then that she met the love of her life, Michelangelo Annunziato Piscitelli, and they were wed in Trail, BC in 1953.
Iolanda is survived by her children Maria (George) Peck, Diana (Murray) Duclos and Frankie Piscitelli as well as her grandchildren Jessica (Brenden), Michael and Angela. Left to mourn her loss are sisters Rosina DeSimone and Ida Mandarino in Italy and sister-in-law Ernestina Ripoli in Coquitlam as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Italy.
There are many who will remember Iolanda for her generous heart, baking and cooking, her warm smile, and her love of family and friends. Iolanda’s kind spirit and accepting nature further expanded her family of the heart to include many friends and neighbours who thought of her as their mother or nonna.
Iolanda was a long-time member of the Colombo Lodge and the Italo Canadese.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Entombment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Iolanda’s name to the Trail Association for Community Living, 1565 Bay Ave. Trail, BC, V1R 4B2.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca