Wanda 'Nonie' Capellaro
November 06, 1918 - March 01, 2022
Obituary For Wanda 'Nonie' Capellaro
Preceded in death by her children, Larry and Janice. Her grandson, Mike. Beloved husband, Albert. Sisters, Nee and Delores, and brother, Chayo.
Survived by her son James Capellaro, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
103 years of life and how does one put all that into a short summary? I knew Wanda as ‘Nonie.’ My funny, sweet grandmother who spent her days making the BEST food for every holiday, providing the most loving embraces, and hosting countless family events. She never missed a play, graduation, or birthday. I am blessed to have had the privilege to have a Nonie who made sure I ate well, knew I was loved and taught me that it is unforgivable to break pasta noodles in
half before they go into the pot.
Wanda was born in Renton Washington, mere days before the ending of WWI, and the start of the Spanish FLU outbreak to two Italian immigrants, Victoria and Vinante Pegoraro. As a child, she and her siblings were raised on a small farm tending to the animals, going to school, and partaking in grand skunk-cabbage fights in the marshlands of Renton Valley. By age 11, the Great Depression descended upon the world. Wanda left school during the depression years to find work at a local grocery store as a butcher and cashier. By her early twenties after many shenanigans with cousins and friends, WWII began, and she bore witness to the loss of many and the shift in the world as war raged on. During the early war years, Wanda tended bar and used her sass and snark to keep those rascally soldiers and sailors in line before they shipped off.
In the late 1930’s, she met Albert Capellaro and fell in love. They were married on a beautiful June day in 1939. In 1941 Wanda and Albert greeted their first child Lawrence ‘Larry’ Capellaro. The war finally came to a close, and along came their second child, Janice in 1945. In 1950 Wanda and Albert were welcoming James into the world. Wanda spent her years as a homemaker and mother, and then as a grandmother and great-grandmother. She lost her beloved Albert in 1979. She had many friends, a large extended family, and she made sure to visit with all of them, and host holidays in her home, often.
All who entered Wanda’s kitchen were immediately offered coffee and something to eat. She loved cooking and kept at it until she was over 100 years old. With all the life she lived through, the hard times and the good, she never wavered. Her light shone brightly and spread to all around her. Wanda was funny, silly, tough when needed, kind, and loving. She will be greatly missed by those who remain behind, but we say goodbye to our beloved Nonie, knowing she is at peace and cooking something delicious for those who preceded her into the afterlife.
A private graveside service will be held. Thankfully Nonie was able to celebrate her life at her 100th birthday party with many friends and family. In lieu of sending flowers please make a donation to your favorite animal shelter in Wanda’s name.
Penned by Sedona Capellaro on behalf of James Capellaro.
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