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Iva Speranza


1925 - 2017
Iva Speranza Obituary
Iva Speranza 1925 - 2017
AUBURN, IL - Iva Speranza, 91, of Auburn, passed away March 6, 2017, at Sunrise Manor in Virden.
She was born June 30, 1925, in Vinton, Va., the daughter of Earl and Effie (Woodford) Leftwich.
Iva graduated from the Lewis-Gale School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1946. She married Vincent J. Speranza of Staten Island, N.Y., in 1948. They lived on Staten Island, in Springfield, Ill., Dunnellon, Fla., and settled in Auburn in 2001. They also summered at Lake Seymour in Vermont for 48 years.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Leftwich, and her daughter, Susan Erwin Pietrangelo.
Iva was a devoted wife and mother who also enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and entertaining guests in her home. She had a special fondness for all babies and made her life's work to find and create beauty and peace in the world for all who knew her.
Surviving are her husband, Vincent; son, Vince (wife, Tracy) Speranza of Anderson, Calif.; daughter, Katharine (husband, Jim) Wilson of Auburn; seven grandchildren: Heather Erwin of Dawson, Marco Pietrangelo of Yonkers, N.Y., Ella Broche, Ericka Hine, Emilie Yeager-Shank, Eva Ferry, all of Springfield, and William Sturgeon of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; step-grandchildren, Cayce Douglas of Anderson, Calif., and James Wilson of Golden, Colo.; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandsons; sister, Elsie (husband, Aubrey) Vaughan of Vinton, Va.; along with three nieces, two nephews, two great-nieces, and one great-nephew.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017, at Auburn Cemetery with the Rev. Jonathon Totty officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the staff of Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Bramley Funeral Home in Auburn is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.bramleyfh.com.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2017
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