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Phyllis "Philomena" Massolia

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Phyllis "Philomena" Massolia Obituary
ROARING GAP, N.C. – Phyllis "Philomena" Massolia, 95, of Lecanto, Fla., and Roaring Gap, N.C., died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at home.
She was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Chicago, to the late Franciscus J. and Teresia Iacono. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances; and stepdaughter, Micheline.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, William 'Bill' J. Massolia; and three children, Lisa Bishop (Brad) of Lecanto and Roaring Gap, William J. Massolia Jr. of Chicago and Diane Lydic (Bruce) of Pittsburgh; stepgrandchildren, Brad Bishop (Becky) and Brett Bishop (Amanda); great stepgrandchildren, Tiffany Bishop, Garret Bishop and Tallan Bishop; brother, Anthony Iacono (Ellen); and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis worked as a riveter on aircraft during World War II after graduation from high school. She was then employed by Illinois Bell Telephone. After marriage, Phyllis enjoyed being a homemaker and mother. Her biggest joy was her children and she spent countless hours taking care of them. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and gardening. She was an excellent cook and an accomplished seamstress and tailor.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Sparta, N.C., with the Rev. James A. Stuhrenberg officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service at High Meadows Golf & Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Phyllis to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta is serving the Massolia family. Online condolences may be submitted at www.grandviewfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Oct. 31, 2013
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