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Caracciolo, Constanza Romano (Connie)

Date of Death: May 16, 2019

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Constanza (Connie) Romano Caracciolo (1929 – 2019)

Constanza Romano was born in Longobucco, Cosenza, Italy on May 11, 1929 to Caterina Scarcella and Domenico Romano.  She was the oldest daughter and second of seven children.  As was the custom in remote areas, the midwife would gather several births, then go to town to register them.  In so doing, the registration date became the birth certificate date.  This did not stop Constanza from reminding everyone her birthday was actually the 11th of May, not her recorded and celebrated date of May 24th.

Since she was the oldest daughter with five siblings following her, Constanza did not have much of a childhood.  She was responsible for caring for her younger siblings and helping with household chores.  She met her future husband, Pasquale Caracciolo, through her oldest brother.  At the age of nineteen Constanza and Pasquale were married in Bocchigliero, Italy on November 27, 1948.  Life was not easy for the young couple who struggled to make ends meet.

In 1951, Constanza gave birth to their eldest child, Raffaella Nina followed by Nichola Antonio Mario in1955.  In 1958 Pasquale emigrated to Canada leaving Constanza behind in Italy to care for the family.  She used her talents of sewing, knitting, crocheting, in addition to farming the land, bartering and doing odd jobs, working hard to care for her children and support her household.

In 1962, Pasquale returned to Italy, gathered his family and brought them back to Canada in search of a better life.  They initially settled in Trail, BC, moving to Nelson one year later.  While her husband worked out of town for the CPR, Constanza was left alone again to care for the children and household.  To help make ends meet she got a job in a laundry.  From 1978 to 1985, Constanza gave up her employment to provide daycare for her daughters two oldest children while the parents worked.

Constanza loved to travel with Nina and her family sharing many memorable moments and experiences.  She loved to cruise and see different countries.  She spent many hours gardening, housekeeping, cooking, and entertaining, sharing her passions and laughter with family and friends.  She was a generous soul, a smart hard-working woman whose family meant everything to her.  With her daughter at her side, Constanza passed away at the Kootenay Lake Hospital the morning of May 16, 2019 from congestive heart failure.

Constanza was predeceased by her husband Pasquale in 1995, her parents, two sisters, and three brothers.  She is survived by her daughter Raffaella Nina (Fred) Santoro, son Nicola (Nick) Caracciolo, grandchildren Sabrina, Dino (Erin), and Bryton Santoro, Louis Warren, Isabella Caracciolo, brother, Pasquale Romano (Italy), as well as many other nieces, nephews and family. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for Connie during her recent illness.  In lieu of flowers donations in Constanza’s name may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation, BC & Yukon.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward St.

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Vivian
Relation: Relatives

Our deepest sympathy goes to you and Fred and family. We’re so sorry we can’t be there for the sevice. We are unfortunately will be away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Hugs Vivian and Gary

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: Friend of Nina's

Nina and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. She was a sweet lady! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!
M Joey Gatchell

From: Shauna Eggers
Relation: family friend

Nina and Nick and families, We are sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely Mama. I have many fond memories of when my best friend Cathy Veltri was renting the place from Connie…and she was so friendly to all of us( that was in 1978-1980. ) Then years later when Nina and I had our girls in brownies and girl guides we would have gatherings at Nina’s and your Mom would always help out or bake for us and it was always a fun time at your beautiful home. Your Mom seemed younger to me as she always worked harder than most Mom’s half her age! She was a bright light and will be missed by all. Sending condolences on behalf of the Trainor family and the Eggers family. Love and Prayers to all at this difficult time. May your Mom be reunited in peace with her soulmate Pasquale <3

From: Shauna Eggers
Relation: family friend

Nina and Nick and families, We are sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely Mama. I have many fond memories of when my best friend Cathy Veltri was renting the place from Connie…and she was so friendly to all of us( that was in 1978-1980. ) Then years later when Nina and I had our girls in brownies and girl guides we would have gatherings at Nina’s and your Mom would always help out or bake for us and it was always a fun time at your beautiful home. Your Mom seemed younger to me as she always worked harder than most Mom’s half her age! She was a bright light and will be missed by all. Sending condolences on behalf of the Trainor family and the Eggers family. Love and Prayers to all at this difficult time. May your Mom be reunited in peace with her soulmate Pasquale <3

From: Carmela Craig
Relation: Freind

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of you and your families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Cathy Veltri
Relation: Friends

Nick, Nina and families. We were so deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a friendly soul and a good person. I remember when my friend and I would go to the Spot and she’d serve us she always had a great smile and happy look on her face. You know she’ll always be with all of you in your hearts and in your memories. Sadly missed never forgotten. Cathy, Tony and Teresa Veltri

From: Roland & Lorna Perri
Relation: Friends

Nina & Fred and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Connie.
We have fond memories of meeting and talking to her when she came to Italian
functions in Trail. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Tony and Vicki Gajdostik.
Relation: Friend

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences
to the family—Nina and Fred, their kids, and also to
Nick.

From: William Bruggencate
Relation: Friend

Dear Nina, Fred and Family, We wish to express our condolences for your loss. Connie was a “character” and will certainly be missed. You are left with many good memories, however. Respectfully, Bill & Yvette and Vera

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Mass

Date & Time:
May 28, 2019
Beginning at 10:30am

Location:
Cathedral of Mary Immaculate

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward St.

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers donations in Constanza’s name may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation, BC & Yukon.

Thank You Notice

The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for Connie during her recent illness.

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