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Updated: 11/01/2013 08:00:03AM

Phyllis Massolia

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Phyllis (Philomena) Massolia, age 95 of Lecanto, FL and Roaring Gap, NC died Monday, October 28, 2013 at home.

She was born on September 1, 1918 in Chicago, IL to the late Franciscus J. and Teresia Iacono.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances and stepdaughter, Micheline. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, William (Bill) J. Massolia, and three children; Lisa Bishop (Brad) of Lecanto, FL and Roaring Gap, NC, William J. Massolia, Jr. of Chicago, IL and Diane Lydic (Bruce) of Pittsburgh, PA.; step-grandchildren; Brad Bishop (Becky) and Brett Bishop (Amanda); step-great-grandchildren, Tiffany Bishop, Garret Bishop, Tallan Bishop; brother; Anthony Iacono (Ellen); and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis worked as a riveter on aircraft during World War II after graduation from high school. She was then employed by Illinois Bell Telephone. After marriage, Phyllis enjoyed being a Homemaker and Mother. Her biggest joy was her children and she spent countless hours taking care of them. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and gardening. She was an excellent cook and accomplished seamstress and tailor.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:00 am, November 4th 2013 at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Sparta, NC with Father James A. Stuhrenberg officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service at High Meadows Golf & Country Club. Donations may be made in memory of Phyllis to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 in lieu of flowers. Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta is serving the Massolia family. Online condolences may be submitted at

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