Igea Poveromo, former resident of the Tripp Park section of Scranton, Clarks Green and Abington Manor, died on February 15 at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Her beloved husband of 66 years, Leo, died in January 2013.
Born in Costacciarro, Italy, to Efrem and Petronilla Bartoletti on April 22, 1924, Mom lived her first six years as the only child of the Mayor of an idyllic mountain town in the hills near Perugia. But her beautiful life was shattered in 1930, when her father's life was threatened by the growing menace of Fascism and he barely escaped. They sailed to America, settling in Scranton in the depths of the Depression with only what they had hurriedly packed in one trunk. Her brilliant, principled father was forced to find work in the coal mines, her proud, beautiful mother, in a dress factory and life was a struggle. Mom graduated from Central High School in 1942 and from Lackawanna Junior College with high honors, but chose to forgo plans to attend a four-year college when her Dad, whom she idolized, grew ill. She instead went to work in the offices of the Skettino Sauce Co. to supplement the family income.
Dad found the courage to ask her to his senior prom in 1943, and she finally forgave him for chasing her on the playground in 1930, and said yes. She stepped into the role of devoted fiancée, as Dad went off to war and was, for a time, listed as MIA. He returned home injured, but she helped him recover and they were never again apart. They married in 1946 and Igea, the devoted daughter and wife, became a fiercely devoted mother, taking care of her wheelchair-bound father for many years, while raising her young family. Even when exhausted, she found time to read to her children every night and participate in their activities, somehow finding the time and money for scouting, Little League, baton twirling lessons, ballet and tap lessons, swim lessons, summer trips to the beach and the favorite family activity — going to movies.
She was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Tripp Park Post 886 and helped found its baton twirling corps, in which several hundred girls participated over the years. She realized her fondest dream when her children went off to good colleges, making good on the prom-ise she made to her father. When Debby left for school, she was able to go back to work and enjoyed working for the Census Bureau, the Scranton Dry Goods Restaurant, Penney's Catalog Offices and, finally, Planned Parenthood.
Mom's character and determination were established early by the trials of her childhood and she spent her life solely devoted to the needs of her family, never complaining and finding joy in small moments. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, watch movies and game shows on TV, and snack on dark chocolate bars, and she encouraged passionate political discussions at the dinner table. She joined a club in 1949 that played cards every two weeks for decades and always missed the "girls," Jenny, Sue, Pearl, Rainey and Nena. She was proud of her Italian heritage, encouraging her children to speak Italian at home and telling stories about her father's many adventures in pre-war Italy, where he was a politician, poet and orator.
She is survived by her adored children, Leonard Poveromo, Loretta Poveromo and Deborah Messett; daughter-in-law, Judi Poveromo and son-in-law, John Pirog; her beloved grandchildren, Scott (Sarah) and Jamie Poveromo; Francesca and Sophia Pirog; Kevin Messett, Esq. and Matthew and Emily Messett; and great-granddaughters, Maria and Julia Poveromo. We will miss our kind, sweet Mommy forever and are grateful for our beautiful childhood and for her unfailing support in our adult lives. And we thank her for convincing all of her grandchildren that they are perfect. They will always fondly remember Easter egg hunts, Christmas Eve dinners, snowmen in the backyard, breakfast at the local diner and trips to Old Forge for white pizza.
We would like to thank the staff at Abington Manor for their loving care and devoted attention to Igea's comfort in this past year and a half. We also thank the nursing staff of 8 East at Regional Hospital, who were so kind to her and her family in her last days.
Visitation at the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., on Saturday, February 22, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Prayer service and blessing will be at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Abington Senior Community Center, 1151 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, Attn: Kathy Stark.
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