Iolanda Rocca was born June 14, 1921 in Palermo, Italy, one of nine children, to Matteo and Giuseppina DeCaro. She was truly a devoted mother and wife and a very courageous woman. She lost her mother to illness when she was only 15 after which she suffered the horrors of World War II. Always courageous, she would wait for the air raid siren warning of yet another approaching aerial bombing before getting on her bicycle and riding it to the town square: it was the only source of fresh water for her family and the usually overcrowded fountain would be abandoned during the air raid. At the age of 36, she left her homeland and arrived in the US with virtually no money and little knowledge of the language. Finally, at age 61, she earned her driver's license after learning how to drive in the bustling streets of Manhattan. She was an excellent cook and adored opera.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 28 years, Nicholas, and her brothers Oreste and Ugo DeCaro and her sister Mafalda Rocca. She leaves behind her loving son Pietro, his wife Linda, and her three granddaughters Maria, Lisa and Angela.
Friends may call on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the MCCRERY & HARRA FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road), Wilm., DE 19803 where a service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Entombment will follow on Friday in New York.
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