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Mary A. LePera
1911 - 2014
Mary A. LePera, 103, of Kenosha, died on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, following a brief illness at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Chicago, on Feb. 1, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Gaetano and Bettina (Iascaro) Pisano. As a child she went to St. Dionysius Church in Cicero, Ill. Mary attended Hawthorne Elementary School and Morton High School, both in Cicero.
She met her sweetheart, Paul J. LePera at the age 16 and married at the age of 19 on June 7, 1930. They were blessed with 60 years of marriage until Paul preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1991.
Mary began working at the early age of 16. Through the years she was employed at the Frost Company, the Elks Club for 26 years as a cook where they nicknamed her Toni and then for the Kenosha Unified Schools as a lunch supervisor until retiring at the age of 70.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Holy Rosary Altar Society and the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary which honored her as Mother of the Year in 1999.
Mary always welcomed all to eat an abundance of food at her home. She was an outstanding cook with her specialties of chicken soup, homemade bread, chicken and rice and many Italian dishes. Mary also enjoyed crocheting afghans and baby blankets and sewing for her family.
Loving to tell stories, Mary shared about the old days of growing up with her seven sisters, poor, but always happy and reminiscing about family traditions. When visiting with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she enjoyed talking about all the new inventions she witnessed in her lifetime. Nana frequently said, When you are old, all you do is think about the past. You just live in your memories. Mary had a great love for family and cherished all time spent with them.
Memories of Mary will always be cherished by her daughters, Theresa Stancato, and Betty (Chuck) Aiello, Jr.; her grandchildren, Janice Caputo, Tommy (Holly) Stancato, Gary (Beverly) Stancato, Bryan Stancato, Randy Stancato, Chuck (Diane) Aiello, III, Maribeth (Larry) Patrizzi and Julie (Louie) Ferraro; eighteen great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Mary is further survived by her youngest sister, Dolores (Dolly) Hirst and many loving nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by her sisters, Josephine Hurd, Caroline Stancato, Theresa Purtee, Martha Nicotera, Rose
Herbik, Helen Nicotera; and a son-in-law, Anthony Stancato Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, beginning with prayers at 10:15 a.m. at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 2224 45th Street. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Mar. 14, 2014