Delfina Leardi (nee Molella), age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Delfina is survived by her beloved son, Giovanni Leardi; siblings, Anna (the late Ronald) Price, Nicola (the late Christine) Molella, Dora (Andrew) Willis and Eva Molella; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her loving husband, Pasquale Leardi (12-4-1998); dear son; Antonio Leardi (6-6-1978); parents, Adamo and Maria (nee Martino) Molella and brother, Salvatore Molella (7-30-1994).
Delfina was born and raised in Caramonico Terme, Italy. Delfina and her family came to the United States in 1956. After being here for only two weeks she began working at Hart Schaffner and Marx suits. Delfina then decided to start her most important job as a mother to her two sons. She dedicated her life to them and her husband and made sure they always had a homemade Italian meal and never came home to an empty house. After her sons were grown she began work again at Bernice’s Restaurant and retiring from Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Delfina loved Elvis, gardening, cooking, and loved dancing the “Tarantella” and to Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger. She was a dedicated wife, mother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet. The celebration of Delfina’s life will continue on Monday, March 15, 2021 with a visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL. Due to COVID -19 restrictions, masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home and cemetery.
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