We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Rose Chapel Mortuary and Crematory FD#899
12/13/1922 - 07/29/2022
Vilma Castro “Nonni”, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister,
daughter, and friend. She left this world after ninety-nine years and seven months as she'd like to
say, on July 29, 2022. Vilma was really hoping to make it to her 100th birthday, but, as the saying
goes, “if you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him your plans.”
She was born in Montalcinello, Italy, on December 13, 1922, to Giovanni and Bruna Cucini.
Her education consisted mainly of the bumps and bruises one gets from learning life's lessons.
She learned them well and never let them sour her sweet disposition.
Vilma met her husband, Manuel, an American GI who was stationed in Italy during WWII. It
was undoubtedly love at first sight, but since he couldn't “pull the trigger”, he had to sign up for
another tour of duty in order to get back to Italy to marry her. Long lives, a 72-year marriage, and
a great life story began. They had three children, Christine, Laureen and Gary, who are grateful to
be a part of their story.
Vilma loved gardening and cooking. Her garden was a home for interesting rocks collected far
and wide, as well as a haven for plants and seeds that caught her eye and posed a challenge for
her to grow. To say that Vilma was an extrovert would
not do her justice. Her home was the favorite place for dinner parties. She was a great Italian
cook who loved preparing meals for her family and friends. Though family always came first,
the many loving friends that she made throughout her lifetime often found a regular place at her
kitchen table. Whether it was co-workers, bosses, friends of her kids or grandkids, or people she
met in the many social clubs she joined, people in all aspects of life loved Vilma and her
memorable meals. They just don't make them like her anymore!
Vilma is survived by three sisters and a brother in Italy, three children, Christine (Merrily),
Laureen (Scott), and Gary (Carrie), six grandchildren, Sean (Gina), Jamis, Casey, Gavin,
Naiema, and Anthony, and five great-grandchildren, Kian, Jilian, Olivia, Cailen, and
Harper.There will be a burial service for Vilma Castro, on August 26, at 11:00 am at the
Paradise Cemetery (southern entrance off Nunneley Road). A celebration of her life will
follow the burial service at her daughter Laureen's home.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of Vilma's favorite casinos in the area... and then take
them for all they've got! God Bless Vilma. May she rest in peace..