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Ida Pitotti

May 22, 1917 — April 14, 2019

Ida Pitotti of Oak Hill Place, Oak Hill, WV passed away peacefully on April 14, 2019.
Born 22, 1917 in Anchor, KY she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Laura Giovenelli Pittotti.
After graduating from Trap Hill High School as valedictorian of her class she attended Concord College where she earned a degree with majors in mathematics and biology and a third field in library science.
She continued her education at Peabody College where she earned a master’s degree in Biology and Education in 1949 and a master’s degree in Library Science in 1969.
To continue her education in mathematics she attended Duke University, West Virginia University, Seton Hill College and the University of Virginia.
She taught in the schools of Raleigh County for 39 years, 31 at Beckley Junior High, 7 at Stoco High School and 1 at Woodrow Wilson High School. For many years she taught religion classes to children at St. Francis de sales Parish in Beckley.
Organizations in which she was active were the education associations of Raleigh County and the State of West Virginia, The Catholic Daughters of America, The Ladies of St. Francis, The Pinecrest Hospital Auxiliary and she was a charter member of the Beckley Shepherd’s Center. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Rena and Ida Pitotti Charitable trust administered through the Beckley Area Foundation for local students who pursue degrees in the fields of nursing or teaching.
Ida was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters; Julia Pitotti Rufini, Gina Pitotti Culicerto, Ellen Pitotti Basso Jumer, Rena Pitotti and Jesephine Pitotti Simmons and brother, Dario Pitotti. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral liturgy will be 11 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church with Very Rev Father Paul Wharton, V.F. officiating. A Rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Calfee Funeral Home from 6-8 pm with a prayer service at 8 pm.
In keeping with Ida’s wishes, in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Francis de Sales Church or School, the Rena and Ida Pitotti Charitable Trust in care of the Beckley Area Foundation or the charity of your choice
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Hill Place and Hospice of Southern WV for their care and support.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.
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