WESTFIELD - Clelia Mary (Caffo) Billerio, 99, of Route 20, Westfield, N.Y., died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Westfield Memorial Hospital.
Clelia was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Venaus, Italy, the daughter of the late Camillo and Virginia (Montabone) Caffo. At the age of 16 she came to the United States to begin a new chapter in her life that would be filled with a loving family and caring friends, many hobbies and travels abroad.
As co-owner of Billerio Fruit Farm in Westfield, N.Y., she worked tirelessly alongside her husband, Frank. She thrived on seeing her customers return year after year and developed many lasting friendships.
Clelia Mary (Caffo) Billerio
Mrs. Billerio was a member of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church of Westfield and a life member of St. Dominic Parish Altar and Rosary Society.
Her strength of character, religious devotion and caring concern for others were great sources of inspiration.
Clelia is survived by two daughters: Silvia (Giulio) Mannino of Fredonia, N.Y., and Geraldine (William) Tastle of Endicott, N.Y.; and two sons: Frank (Sherry) Billerio of Coral Springs, Fla., and John P. Billerio of Westfield, N.Y.
She also has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: grandson, Stephen (fiance Lynn Carter) Tastle; granddaughters: Michelle Cool (fiance, Scott Miller), Jennifer (David) Kristof, Clelia Anna Mannino, Rosaria Mannino and Rebecca Billerio; great grandson, Ryan James Cool; and great grand-daughter, Ashlyn Cool.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Billerio, whom she married on Nov. 27, 1941, in Coudersport, Pa., and who died Nov. 4, 2000; by her sister, Luigina Caffo Sevinsky; and a brother who died in infancy.
Friends called on Friday evening, Nov. 1, 2013, at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., from 5-7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 15 Union St., Westfield, N.Y., with Father Joseph Walter officiating. Burial was in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Jamestown, N.Y.
A Parish Rosary was held at the funeral home Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, 189 East Main Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to the Portland Vol. Fire Department, Portland, NY 14769.
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