Lucia Petrella Nance

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COLUMBUS - Lucia Petrella Nance, 100 years old, went peacefully to serve the Lord, on on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
She was born July 18, 1912, to Berardino and Anna Gualtieri Petrella. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred, and eight siblings, Adam, Rockey Cloud, Eva Hartman, Mary Gossman, Margaret Savoia, Phyllis and Connie Galvin, and grandson, Bryan Smith.
She is survived by her brother, Tony Petrella, and sister in-law, Bernice Nance Phillips; children, Patricia Nance Brown, Barbara Nance Smith, Freda Nance Smith, Charles and Geri Nance, and Bernie and Jeanne Nance. She will always have a special place in the hearts of her 21 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred and Lucy were proprietors of Nance's Sportsmen Shop on West Fifth Avenue and charter members of St. Christopher Church. She served on Parish Council, was a member of the Women's Club and Altar Rosary Society. Lucy was a charter member and first president of the Tri-Village Women's Democratic Club, where she became friends of Annie and John Glenn and met many Democratic sisters. She was selected as the "Sweetheart" of the Franklin County Democratic Club in 1985. She was the first Columbus Day Queen "Isabella" in 1929. Her patron saint is St. Anthony of Padua and was the president of St. Anthony of Padua Circle No. 1. The club was organized in Italy by her mother, Anna Gualtieri, her aunts and uncle, Rosina Presutti, Angeline Malfe, Connie Tarantelli, and her Uncle Andrew Gualtieri. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi women's club. She was a big fan of the Reds baseball club and watched many games on TV.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to our dear friend and pastor Msgr. John Cody and the pastoral staff of St. Christopher Church. We are grateful for all the loving hands of the nurses, aides and staff at Altercare of Hilliard. A special thank you to John Quint Treboni Funeral Home for their kind and special service to Mom.
Visitation hours are 4 to 8 p.m. at John Quint Treboni Funeral home, 1177 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. and prayer service to follow with Msgr. Cody. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Christopher Church, 1420 Grandview Ave. at 10 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Christopher Tuition Fund or St. Anthony of Padua Circle No. 1 Scholarship Fund.

Published in Sidney Daily News on Feb. 10, 2013