Lucrezia Beatrice DiPaolo, 89

Lucrezia Beatrice DiPaolo was born in Bronx, New York to a large Italian Family. Ever since she was a little girl she has always been family oriented. She was a loving, caring, supportive, creative, and an innovative first generation Italian American woman.

She was passionate about sewing, cooking, crotchet and Italian Family Traditions which she shared with all of her children, grand children, great grand children and great great grandchild. Another passion she had most don’t know about was writing poems. She wrote numerous poems throughout her life and they are all pretty good. Her hidden passion.

She was a friend to everyone, and shared her positive outlook on life with anyone. She was known for her inspirational notes written on the many cards she sent to all of us throughout the years, never missing a birthday.

She was an early entrepreneur and ran several ‘small businesses” some of which were a telephone answering service, deli, bakery and many real estate properties.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but her traditions and spirit will live on in the many gifts she taught us. She was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She led by example. There was never a job to large or to small that she would not tackle.

I’m sure you will agree, She will be missed by family and numerous friends.
Fino a quando ci incontriamo di nuovo, ti amo.
(Italian- “Until we meet again, I love you”!)

The family will receive friends 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. Wednesday, September 16th at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Dr., Lakeland. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 P.M. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 820 Marcum Rd, Lakeland.

Entombment will be held at 12 P.M. Thursday at Hollywood Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Florida.