Ann E. Venezie, 88 of North Richland Hills, TX, formerly of Ellwood City passed away at North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Born on September 1, 1924 in Vallelonga, Italy, Ann was the daughter of the late Stefano and Teresa Fera Galati. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pasquale A. "Pat" Venezie on April 25, 1995. They were married on November 6, 1947. Ann had worked for many years for her brother-in-law Eddie Mitchell as a waitress at the Oasis and later worked for Aurora's Catering. She was an active member of Holy Redeemer Parish where she was a member of the Special Activity Group, past president of the Christian Mothers and volunteered in the kitchen at Holy Redeemer School for many years. She was also a member and past president of the Corona D'Italia Lodge in Ellwood City. Ann is survived by her five children, Raymond A Venezie of San Antonio, TX, Mrs. Malcolm "Carol" Ilott of Oakdale, NY, Mrs. James "Pat" Prettyman of Syracuse, NY, Mark A. Venezie of North Richland Hills, TX and Dr. Ronald D. Venezie of Cary, NC, a brother, Dom Galati of New Castle, eight grandchildren, Steven, Courtney, Andrew, Collin, Maria, Ian, Victoria and Emily and 3 great grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by two brothers Vincent and Anthony Galati. Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10 AM. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church at 9:45 AM to form the honor guard. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial contribution to the Ann Venezie Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of ESB Bank, 600 Lawrence Ave., Ellwood City, PA 16117.
I've been thinking a lot about you lately. I hope you're having an amazing time in heaven right now. I miss you so much. I can't believe 5 and a half months has already gone by without you. It's a little strange when I go home and you aren't there sitting in the living room watching TV. Well just wanted to update you on things. Dad's doing well. Working all the time as usual. Aunt Patty still calls us all the time, when will she stop? HAHA, just kidding. We love that she calls and checks on things and to just say hello. Aunt Carol and Uncle Malcolm are on a trip to go see Ian and Courtney right now. The pictures they are posting are beautiful. I'll be going to Michigan for Matt's ball friday. Wish I could model my dress for you, I know you loved when I did that.
What's going on with the Steelers this year. I think you need to have a little talk with them. BUT they did beat the Jets, don't worry, I gave Bob a lot of crap for you! You two used to always tease each other about your teams.
Look over everyone grandma. Tell grandpa I said hello. We all miss you and love you!
Mary Greco family
What a remarkable lady you were and I am so glad that I've known you. We spent our days as girls growing up on Summit Avenue together with our families and remained friends all our lives. You were such a great influence on my sons, giving them motherly love and an endless supply of delicious home-cooking and the best baked goodies. And you were always a faithful supporter of the high music department and all the musicals my daughter directed, never missing one. We will miss you in so many ways. All our love, The Greco's.
I'm so glad I met you and was fortunate enough to get to know you. I will never forget the first time we met. It was Jeff and Anna's wedding and I had only been dating Richard for a short time. I walked into a house full of his family and friends for the first time and you were so warm and welcoming to me then and have been ever since. I was glad you came to live your final years in Texas so we were able to see each other more often. I'll never forget the wonderful cookies at the holidays (or any time for that matter)and Easter pizza! I know you are having an absolute blast with your family up in Heaven but we will miss you down here on earth. It is a better place because you were here. Wish we could be there (in PA) to celebrate your life and legacy in person. Will miss you greatly.
To the Venezie family:
Heaven became a lot happier and livelier when your Mom arrived. I am sure there were a few Tarantelas danced. She was the personification of God's spirit throughout her life. I don't think there is anyone who wouldn't smile when they think of your Mom. My prayers are with you as you wait to see your Mom again.
Anna Marie Lagana Tabinowski
Dear Mrs. Venezie, Thank you so much for all the memories that I will cherish of you especially all the basketball trips you made with Patty, Chris and I. You were an awesome parent and friend who I will miss dearly. Thanks also for keeping me straight with the lodge dues all these years. I know that heaven will never be the same with you there. Love ya, Anna Marie
Joe & Josie DeCaria
We have lost a true family matriarch. Cousin Ann will always be in our hearts and minds as the young, energentic and smiling person that gave her all to keep her family and friends together. Although geographical circustances kept us apart, Ann always acted as the family bond to either make the trip or to and communicate with all loved ones in order to keep the family together and strong.
Let's try to all to be a little more like Ann.
Thank You Ann, for being Ann.
Joe and Josie DeCaria
Mark Anthony Venezie
I feel so very fortunate because of the way you and Dad raised me. You didn't give me everything I wanted but you have me everything I needed. I'm glad you stayed with Victoria and I for the past 4 years. We really had some good times together. I love you very much and always will. Say hello to fuzzy for me. I held your hand and gave you a kiss when you left Texas and now I'm coming to Ellwood City to do the same. I love you Mom.
Raymond A. Venezie
We had many great times in Ellwood and in North Richland. As good as I am in the kitchen, I could never match your skills. I will miss talking to you about your cooking. You gave me many great tips and I'll never forget them. I'll miss you very much and always remember your hard working nature. This is what you and Dad passed on to me.
Now that your with God Please send my best to Dad, Grandpa,Grandma, Uncle Tony, Uncle Vince and all the others there with you. With all my love.
You were a GREAT Mother In-Law.
Although it took Many many years to gain your acceptance, You never ever shunned me in any way. Our talks on the phone, grew longer & longer and we learn to laugh together. Last summer, when Pat & I visited Texas, We really became close and I felt the "Love". I know you will be Blessed in Heaven! Please Rest In Peace, for you are loved here on Earth. GOD Bless.
Lynda (Ioanilli) Barrett
To Ann's family and dear friends,
My deepest sympathy...For many years I worked along side of Annie in the kitchen and at Bingo at Holy Redeemer while my kids attended the school. I was a young mother riding under her wings. She had more energy than anyone I knew. She dedicated her time to others and she did it with a spunky spirit like no other! I admired her and am proud to have called her my friend. She will be missed by many young and old. To remembering all the fun-filled, busting of laughter memories...you were special Annie. May words help the family during this difficult time.
I am saddened to learn of the passing of your Mother. We truly understand death when God places His hands upon one whom we love. We must always have old memories and young hopes. My thoughts and prayers remain with the entire Venezie family.
Carol Venezie Ilott
My one regret is that I didn't tell you how much I loved you. But hopefully, you knew it. You and Dad are the reason I was able to leave the nest back in 1970 to start out on my own in Bay Shore, New York. Mom, by your example, you helped me to become a strong and self-reliant woman ready to take on the world. You taught me to think of others before myself, to appreciate and love each and every day, and to care deeply for my family. You will be missed by all of us, but knowing that you're with Dad, Grandma & Grandpa Galati and Uncle Vince and Uncle Tony and also knowing that you are no longer in pain, brings us some comfort. May you rest in God's Heavenly Arms and know that we love you.
You and Dad sacrificed much to give your children the blessings and advantages we have enjoyed. Certainly, those blessing have come to us in great measure. There is no way we can ever repay your sacrifices. Instead, we must pay them forward to our children, our grandchildren, and those around us in need of the kind of love and support you have given to us. From my earliest days, you have been one of my most important role models for involvement, dedication, and leadership. Your lessons and your example have been a big part of the successes I have achieved and the man I have become. I wish I had been better able to share these thoughts with you while you were here with us. I hope and pray that you always knew and will continue to know how much I love you – how much we all love you. As you have offered your prayers for many, now let us offer one for you… Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her.
Mom, You may be gone but never forgotten. I will cherish every moment we spent together. I will always remember our trips to Italy.The only thing I regret is not telling you how much I love you. Your with Dad now so I know your safe. Tell Dad I said hello and I still miss him so very much as I will also miss you forever. All my love forever
I can't believe the time has come. I was looking forward to you coming back home this week and being able to watch some sports with you and enjoy your wonderful cooking. You coming here to live was a big change for me but I loved having you here. I enjoyed all the good times and laughs together. I don't think I can thank you enough for all you have done for me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasnt for you. I'm going to miss you so much but I know you will be looking down on me every moment along with grandpa Venezie and poppie. I will continue to make you proud and will take care of dad! We have already told eachother that we are going to have a baking day and try to make all the cookies, but I'm sure it won't be as good as yours! I love you grandma! Rest in peace!
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