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Obituary for Elvira Monaco-Pizzi
Elvira Monaco-Pizzi was born August 6, 1914 and passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2015. She is survived by her daughter Michelina Iuliano, son-in-law Donato Iuliano, daughter-in-law Giovanna Pizzi, grandchildren Gerardo Iuliano, Marianna Iuliano-Schiavone, Dominic Jr. Pizzi, Nella Pizzi, and all her great grandchildren Daniela Schiavone, Alessandro Schiavone, Sebastiano Schiavone and Nicolas Schiavone. Elvira was born over 100 years ago, in a small town called Cantalupo 'Nell Sannio, Italy where she was married and had two children, Dominic and Michelina. She lived and worked on their farm for many years. She lived through both WW1 and WW2 and saw the devastation and cruelty to Italy. In 1956, she and her children set sail for the United States. They traveled by ship on the Andrea Doria to Ellis Island, passing the great Statue of Liberty. The Andrea Doria sunk 3 months later. They settled in Buffalo, New York and Elvira was ready to begin her new life. She was separated from her husband a few years later and never remarried. She became a laundress and worked for the union until she retired. She moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1977. She soon became a local babysitter and house cleaner. Elvira always loved children. She loved them so much she moved to Napa in 1999 to live with her granddaughter, Marianna , and her newly born twin great-grandsons. She also loved her gardens and grew the most beautiful and delicious vegetables and herbs. Truly a fantastic cook. She always made hand cut pasta, gnocchi, bread, pizza and unforgettable tomato sauce. She, herself, is unforgettable. She leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity and hope. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 15 at 4-7pm with rosary at 6pm at McCune Garden Chapel. Mass will be held Monday, March 16, 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by interment in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.