Theresa Mary DellaMea, 100, of Beckley, entered into eternal life on December 31, 2016. Born August 20, 1916 in Winding Gulf she was the daughter of the late Emanuel and Providenza Mirsola Amato.
Besides her parents, Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Enrico “Henry” DellaMea; four brothers, Joe, Emanuel, Jr., Sam and Kelly Amato; three sisters, Madaline Alaimo, Antoinette Gaziano and Susie Gaziano; grandson, Eddie Gilson; daughter-in-law, Carolyn DellaMea.
Theresa was a lifelong member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church. She was very active in the church and a member of the choir, Resurrection Choir, Catholic Daughters of America and Ageless Wonders. After graduating from Collins High School she worked at and was co-owner of Pemberton Grocery and later Henry’s Drive-In Restaurant. But first and foremost she was a caring mother and housewife and occasional Girl Scout Leader.
Theresa is survived by her sons, Henry DellaMea and wife Donna of Beaver, Joseph Michael DellaMea of Galax, VA and Paul David DellaMea and wife Catherine of Asheville, NC; daughters, Mary Ann Gilson and husband Ed of Beckley and Susan Prudence Lovelace and husband Jim of Harrisonburg, VA; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral liturgy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Father Paul Wharton officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Calfee Funeral Home with a prayer service starting at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mark Misco, Chris and John Dellamea and Andrew, Matthew and Simeon Gilson.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis deSales School, 622 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.