|Carmela Ippolito, 88 of Inverness, Ill., formerly of Abingdon, died at 11:42 am Tuesday, August 17, 2010.
Carmela Madalena Costa was born in San Arsenio, Italy on Oct. 20, 1921, the daughter of a carriage maker. She married Antonio (Tony) Ippolito on August 18, 1950. She moved to her adopted, beloved Abingdon, shortly thereafter. She is one of the last survivors of the generation of Italians from San Arsenio who came to Abingdon. She is survived by her children, Angelo (Sue) Ippolito of Naperville, Ill, Rose (Dan) McKee of Highlands Ranch, Co. and Madalene (Gary) Fuchs of Inverness, Ill.; One brother, John Costa and 4 Grandchildren, Anthony and Joe Ippolito, and Nicholas and Cole Fuchs. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son (Angelo, who died in infancy).
In recent years after the death of her husband she moved to the Chicago area to be near her son and daughter. She passed peacefully at the home of her daughter Madalene in the company of those she loved unconditionally, her family.
She lived and raised her family in Abingdon and was a member of the Sacred Heart Church for many years. She loved to sew and knit and crochet and be with her family and many friends. Many Abingdon girls wore the dresses she made them for prom. Cooking for her family and friends was a passion, as she presided over her dinner table, surreptitiously eying plates that were in danger of being empty and (not so) subtly pointing the handle of the serving spoon toward them.
She loved her home on South Main and found many people she knew from the old country to welcome her when she came here and made many lifelong friends over the years. She will be missed by her children but will live on in their hearts in the way she taught them to live.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, August 20, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Abingdon. Father William Miller, I.C. will officiate. Burial will follow in the Abingdon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel with the praying of the Rosary at 7:30 pm.
Memorials may be made to Franciscan Missionaries or Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.