Antoinette Charlene Cipolla, Age 91, joined the angels Thursday, February 23rd surrounded by her loving family.
Rosary to be prayed at 9:30am, Tuesday, February 28th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131, followed by Visitation from 10:00am to 11:00am then Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. Burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Antoinette (lovingly known as Anti or Toni) was born February 8th, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to Charles Vincent and Carolina Carrollo. She was the fourth of 6 children; Rose Marie Falco, Anna Marie Arnone, Kathy Gates, Anthony Carrollo, and Carolina Adams.
In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and beloved friend, she was an incredible cook and baker and expressed her love for people through her passion for sharing and serving food throughout the years. Antoinette possessed a depth of devotion, strength of character, selflessness and loyalty. She never met a stranger and was a master of hospitality.
She loved company and created a loving open home environment for her family and their friends, always ready to feed whoever stopped by. She was proud of and expressed her Sicilian heritage through mastering recipes inspired by her mother and aunts who migrated from Palermo, Sicily. She loved planning for, preparing and celebrating every possible Italian holiday and occasion by making the authentic traditional foods.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dominick (Don) J. Cipolla. She is survived by her 6 children; Donna Blankenship and husband Kelly, Peter Charles and wife Kathy, Dominic and wife Julie, Steven, Michael and husband Miguel, John and wife Paula, plus 9 grandchildren; Eddie and Jason Cosler, Christina Tetuan, John Cipolla, Jr., Dominic, Andrew, Matthew, Joshua and Joseph Cipolla. 7 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Aside from raising 6 children, Antoinette worked in a variety of positions in food service, grocery and produce markets, and in catering. She was a devoted volunteer for St. Joseph’s tables in her parish.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the staff of The Heritage of Overland Park for providing our mother with a caring home environment and the joy this brought to her life for the past 4.5 years in memory care.
A special thanks to Kim White and the staff from Ascend Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of our mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to;
The Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.act.alz.org
Make-A-Wish Foundation (in honor of her great granddaughter Florence) at https://wish.org/mokan
Ascend Hospice at www.ascendhealth.com or 913-287-5678