Serena, Virginia & family,
Thinking & praying for you all. I know how much your aunt meant to you. I hope your many happy memories of her will bring you much peace & comfort.
Serena and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful Aunt Luciana. She meant so much too your family. Now you have another angel in heaven looking over you and Virginia, keeping you safe and away from danger.
Love you, Valerie Aldridge
I am so very sad to hear of the loss of Zia Luciana. I remember her well and fondly, always full of grace and hospitality. I, too have memories of your time on Porter Road next door to one another. Family traditions including old-fashioned Italian values were the foundation of her household and extended to the rest of the family and all those who were blessed to know her. I want to extend my deepest condolences to you, your mom, and the rest of your family. I hope that she can find the peace and eternal rest that she deserves. May God Bless you and her.
With Love, Carol D'Allegro Sparmo
To my family: My words can never express the sorrow and grief we all feel at the loss of my beloved Zia Luciana! I will miss her now and forever. I know her suffering has ended and she is now in the loving arms of God! Serena and Virginia
Dear Friends and family of Zia Luciana, for those of you that were unable to attend the funeral mass for our beloved Aunt here is a copy of the euology written by my sister Serena Vaughan:
It is with a sad heart that I stand before you today to bid farewell to my Zia Luciana.
As I reflected on what to say, I began to think of Zia Luciana's life and what she meant to everyone gathered here today. Thinking of the memories liftered my sorrow.
She was a lady- pure and simple Always courteous, social and of course fashionable. What stands out the most was her resilience strength and courage when life threw at her many hardships . Nothing not even cancer liner and heart problems and dared to stop her.
To come to America and live her dream of raising a family and run a successful business. It was done with pure joy. She dedicated her heart and soul to her family: Joanne, Zio umberto, Monica and Nicky. I could never articulate the pride and love she felt for them.
Then, her loyalty and constant love she and her four sisters had for each other. Through the ups and downs laughter losses, heartaches, joy, she always had her sisters.
Like any Italian family, food, traditions, and unity are where Zia Luciana most thrived. She was so dedicated to the St. Elia organization and enjoyed her time with all its members who she called her friends. Can anyone forget her homemade cookies at Christmas, opening client gifts on Christmas Eve, hours in the kitchen frying fish, bacala, calamari. There was a whole lot of yelling but also a ton of laughter. She was full of life and adventure. The many incredible family trips and summers in Italy ...how we all fit on her balcony in her home in Italy was t times creative engineering as crammed as we all were- she loved every second of it.
I don't know if my own childhood as well as my sister's would have turned out as good if we lived anywhere else. . Our time on Porter Road next door to Colavita is the foundation of my life. Even as an adult Zia Luciana's advice and home were my haven- Oh, how many recipes she recited to me over the phone.
She (along with my mother and Aunts) was my role model. Hard work never scared her. She made her dream a reality entering beauty school at age 40 and taking the plunge to open Zena's. She worked right up to the end and, then, she was always there for our milestones , graduations, to watch us enter the adult world.
Lastly, and most importantly- there was her faith in God- In a world of sorrow and cynicism, she never once3 faltered in her faith. Today, as we sit here to say good - bye we must be mindful of that Faith. Keep her memory alive by praying the rosary or to Padre Pio..
My beloved Aunt has left us in her physical bing but her life and soul are now in the hands of God. Her suffering and pain have ended. Her constant faith in God she is now singing with the angels.
The crossroad poem...