Lena M. (Ciraulo) DiPaolo, 94, of Avalon, native of Johnstown and longtime resident of Plum Borough, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. She was the wife of the late Nunzio V. DiPaolo; loving and devoted mother of Vince DiPaolo (Laurita), of Connellsville, Donna DiPaolo, of Bethesda, Md., and Philip J. DiPaolo, of Avalon; proud Grandma of Daniel DiPaolo, of Boston, Mass., and Sarah DiPaolo (Jay Nichtengale), of San Francisco, Calif. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Phil Ciraulo, Rose Panaia, Christine DeFrank, Ann Colletta and Sam and Joe Ciraulo. Among her surviving nieces and nephews are her godchildren, Carol Yanek and Sharon Wolf. During World War II, Lena served as an air raid warden, worked as a nurse's aide and Girl Scout troop leader, served as president and May Queen of the Sodality, and wrote to many servicemen. Lena's passions in life included children, dancing, music, baking, sewing, crocheting, bowling, and most of all, her family. She donated countless crochet lap robes to charity, with the goal of making the world warmer, one person at a time. Her pizza and cookies were much sought-after and traveled widely, including to California, Canada and Vietnam. As a homemaker, she ventured far from the kitchen and laundry, capably handling painting, yardwork and home repairs. She will be remembered as a devoted mother to all who needed comfort, as an optimist who chose to see the best in others, and as a caring person who believed that the meaning of life was helping others.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, (412-766-5600). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue. Everyone please meet at church.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the CASA of Westmoreland County, 2 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, Fayette County Children & Youth, 130 Old New Salem Road, Uniontown, PA 15401 or any other charity that benefits children.
Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2016.