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1926 - 2014
Amelia (Millie) Vena, 87, of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Kenosha on Nov. 11, 1926, daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Qualeatti) Pizzichini. Amelia was educated in Kenosha and received her GED from Mary D Bradford High School.
On Nov. 24, 1945, she married John S. Vena at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish; he preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1998.
Amelia and her husband John owned and operated Venas Pizzeria in downtown Kenosha for 10 years.
She was also employed by Kenosha Theatre, The Frost Company during WWII, Full Fashion Mill, Tenutas Deli, and later worked and retired from U.W. Parkside in the Professional Food services department.
Amelia was active in the Kenosha community as a member of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Italian American Ladies Auxiliary, Teamsters Local 42, and the Kenosha Car Club.
She enjoyed crocheting, baking, traveling, and had an avid love of cooking for family, friends, and local fundraisers.
Surviving Amelia are her three children, JoAnne (Robert Hodnik) Angelici of Milwaukee, Louis (Loretta) Vena of Kenosha, and Angela (Michael) Hillestad of Rochester, Minnesota; six grandchildren Jennifer (Dan) Shimon, Celina (Andrew) Mandli, Jodie Vena, Nicholas (Stephanie) Giorno, and Lee (Kassie Poffenberger) Giorno; four great granddaughters, and one sister, Frances Iorio of Kenosha.
She is preceded in death by her husband John; her parents, and a brother Peter Pizzichini.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum. A visitation will be held at the Proko Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Her family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Manor Care and Hospice Alliance for the wonderful, loving care she received in her final years.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit Amelias Online Memorial Book at:
Proko Funeral Home
5111 60th St.
Kenosha, WI 53144
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Feb. 16, 2014