RUTLAND TOWN — Elvira Giannetti, 93, of Rutland Town died Saturday morning, October 5, 2013, at her residence following a brief illness.
Elvira was born on February 14, 1920, in Keene, NH, the daughter of Francisco and Rena (Casillo) Lioce.
Her family moved to Brattleboro when her father, who was a stone cutter, had to relocate for work. She attended school in Brattleboro and later worked for the Margolin Company, a leather goods manufacturer, until her marriage to Agostino Giannetti on September 22, 1951, at Saint Michael’s Church in Brattleboro, VT.
She lived in Winchester, MA, where her husband resided, caring for her family until 1969, when they moved to Middlebury, VT, and purchased Palmer’s Restaurant, now known as Rosie’s Restaurant. She and her family operated the restaurant for six and a half years. After a brief retirement, they opened Mr. G’s Family Restaurant in West Addison, VT, now known as the Bridge Family Restaurant, in May of 1978. After selling the restaurant in 1986, she and her family moved to Rutland Town, VT.
She enjoyed her retirement, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and doing cross-stitches.
Her brother Frank remembers her as always having a smile on her face and being like a mother to him, as he was 20 years younger than she. He also remembers a favorite piece of poetry that hung on her bedroom wall. It was titled “A Friend.” It went something like this. A friend is one who understands what’s in the heart of you, who stands for all your little faults because they’re part of you. She was always an understanding friend.
Survivors include a daughter, Denise (and her husband, Michael Shahan) and a son, Victor Giannetti, both of Rutland Town; two brothers, Elmer Lioce of Randolph, VT, and Frank Lioce of Fort Worth, TX; three grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, a brother, and two sisters.
Burial will be in the Cheney Hill Cemetery after a private service.
Arrangements are being made by Aldous Funeral Home.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, c/o Rutland Health Foundation, 433 West Street, Rutland, VT 05701.