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Obituary - Ida Di Pasqua

Ida Di Pasqua

Date of Passing: December 29th, 2008

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"Nonna" Ida(Rosati) Di Pasqua, 96, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on December 29, 2008, at her home with her son and daughter-in-law in Sauquoit. Ida was born on September 10, 1912 in Gamberale, Abruzzi, Italy, the daughter of Francesco and Filomena (Sciulli) Rosati. On September 25, 1938, she was joined in marriage to Nicola Di Pasqua. They owned and operated a tailor shop in the small town of Bomba. In 1956 Nicola immigrated to the United States where he was soon joined by Ida and their four sons in December 1958. They settled in Rome, NY where they raised their sons and resumed their family tailoring business. Nicola and Ida shared a blessed union of 32 years until Nicola's passing in 1970. "Nonna" Ida exemplified the motto of her home province, Forte e Gentile, "strong and kind." Not only was she strong in body and in character, she was kind beyond words. Ida's unconditional love for God and family surpassed all else in her life. She practiced self sacrifice in all that she did, always placing the needs of others before her own. She always had a warm, loving smile and a gentle embrace for everyone she encountered. She shared her love through her talents of cooking, sewing, crocheting, and knitting countless baby outfits and blankets. She was also greatly devoted to Saint Padre Pio and Saint Rita. She is survived by her four sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Carol DiPasqua of Sauquoit, Frank and Pat DiPasqua of Cicero, Aldo and Maryellen DiPasqua of Palm Bay, FL, and Dino and Nancy DiPasqua of Cocoa, FL; 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Joseph and Sharon DiPasqua, Cristina and Luigi Pedulla, Nicholas and Genie DiPasqua, Franco and Aimee DiPasqua, Aida and Michael Mariani, Anthony and Dawn DiPasqua, Anna Teresa DiPasqua and fiancÚ Joseph Kuebler, Nicole and Adam Varrenti, Marybeth and Joseph DeGroot, Kendra and Alex Schwitter, Aldo DiPasqua, Gina DiPasqua and Vincent DiPasqua; 20 great-grandchildren, Bianca Ida, Domenic, Joseph, Rachel, Nicholas, Gabriel, Christian, Samuel, Elayna, Sabrina, Angelo, Michael, Joey, Nathan, Zachary, Gabriel, Joseph, Joshua, Mia and Max. She is also survived by two sisters; a brother and sister-in-law; as well as many nieces and nephews in Italy. She was predeceased by her brothers Dino and Alfredo; and three childhood siblings. In keeping with Ida's wishes there will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Mrs. Di Pasqua's Mass of Christian burial, which will be celebrated on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the Mass. Entombment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all at Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. and especially to Father Amedeo Guida, for his continuous love, support, and prayers over the years. Nonna, we will all miss you with your bright eyes and loving smile. Thank you for being such a loving role model and for teaching us that faith in God and love for family are the most precious gifts that one could give in this life. Love you forever.

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Our deepest sympathies to the entire DiPasqua family.
Angela and Ben DiBiase

Cristina, Luigi,Bianca & Dominick Please know how sorry we are to hear of your Nonnas passing. We hold you all deeply in our prayers and thoughts. May you find comfort and smiles in your beautiful memories.Blessed are you all as you are comforted by your faith knowing that Nonna will always be with all of you and because of that Nonna will always be with all of us. We are blessed by that peaceful thought. Love, Michelle and the Angel Squad.
Michelle Polacelli

Dear Joe, Carol, and Family. My heart is deeply saddened upon hearing of Nonna's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Nonna displayed exemplary commitment to God, family, and friends. I will never forget all the times I visited the Gumba and Nonna would always smile and stretch out her loving arms and with warm embrace she would exclaim, Gumba. She was like a grandmother to me always wanting to know how my kids were doing and offering food and drink. Nonna was a saint, and one of the greatest comforts we have during this time of loss is knowing that her legacy lives in the lifes she touched. As in the book, "The Giving Tree." She gave of herself throughout her life and she demonstrated heavenly treasures like love, hope, joy, promise, and compassion to all. As she passed down these amazing qualities to her children, grandchildren, and friends you realize these warm gifts she gave us all will be passed down from generation to generation. The Lord says, "I am the Resurrection and the Life, Whoever Lives and Believes in Me will Never die." In our time of sorrow we can find comfort knowing that Nonna is in the presence of our Loving God. I love you all. Dean Oey "Gumba" and Family
Dean Oey, Gumba

Anna, I am very sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Our elders have lived through so much and still had enough love and care to give to their families. Hopefully we have all learned something from them. From reading about her she was a wonderful woman. My condolences to you and your family. Eva
Eva Fietkiewicz

Anna, I was so very sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. Carol and Frank Giaquinto
Carol Giaquinto

Dear Joe, Carol, and Family, My heart goes out to you at this sad time. May all of your beautiful memories help you get through. Just remember that your relationship with Nonna was truly a gift from God. My love and prayers are with you all. Marsha Delia and Family
Marsha

Anna, I am saddened to hear of your grandmothers passing, as I have heard such heartwarming stories about her in the short time I have known you. Our condolences to you and your family during this sad time. Cindy Mendl and family
Cindy Mendl

Joe, Carol and family, I am so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nonna and so very sorry for your loss. I cannot remember a time when I stopped over your house where Nonna wasn't busy fixing up something on the stove, and upon seeing me she always insisted that I had to have something to eat. I will always remember her that way. I found it comforting that she would always ask me how my mom was doing, and even though they had never met I understood that they shared the common bonds of pride in heritage and love for family. When I was in her presence I kind of felt like I was around my mom. I hope, as you all gather to remember her, that you all find comfort in knowing that her life's work consisted of doing what she loved most, and that you can all look at each other and realize how successful she was. God bless you all and may Nonna rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Peter Fiorillo
Peter Fiorillo