Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 14, 2013

Retha Rosalyn Roncella

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

McGAHEYSVILLE, Va. — Retha Rosalyn Roncella, 95, of McGaheysville, Va., went to be home with the Lord on July 12, 2013 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.  She was the daughter of the late Frank and Concetta Caliguiri Fazio, who operated Fazio's Grocery Store in Welch for many years.

Retha was born on July 15, 1917, in O'Toole, West Virginia. On June 10, 1936, she married Angelo Roncella, the love of her life. Their marriage centered around Saint Peter Catholic Church and their love for their family and friends.

Retha was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed cooking and sharing with friends her Italian specialties of homemade pizzas, rolls and spaghetti with meatballs. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Retha was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo; son, Frank A. Roncella; grandson, Tony Roncella; one sister and six brothers.

Retha is survived by one daughter, Anita Spence and her husband Gerald, McGaheysville, Va.; daughter-in-law, Pat Roncella, Winchester, Ky. Grandsons, Frank, Vince, Greg and Anthony; Granddaughters, Meshell and Sarah. Great-grandsons, Brady and Austin; Great-granddaughters, Stephanie, Crystal, Tara, Rennie, Claire, Hannah, Katelynn and Sarah. She is also survived by one special sister, Irene Kane of Cleveland, Ohio and her “adopted” daughter, Donna Mauger.

A viewing will be held for family and friends Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Soosai Arpudam Arokiadass, H.G.N. as celebrant. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, W.Va.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions in honor of Retha Roncella may be made to Saint Peter Catholic Church, 111 Virginia Avenue, Welch, WV 24801.

Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Roncella family.

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