Posted: Tue 8:36 AM, May 21, 2013
January 12, 1918 – May 18, 2013
Dona Piccolo Salpetro passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan. A time to honor her life and visit with family will be on Tuesday, May 21, at Hillier Funeral Home, beginning with a St. Anthony Altar Society Rosary at 4:00 p.m., visitation at 5:00 and concluding with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 401 S. Parker in Bryan, with Rev. Patrick Ebner presiding. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Dona was born on January 12, 1918 in Smetana, Texas, to Sam and Rosalie (Messina) Piccolo. She attended school in Smetana and later married Jasper Salpetro. They farmed near Marlin before moving to Waco, eventually retiring to Bryan. Although Dona was not blessed with children of her own, she was a godparent and honorary parent and grandparent to her many nieces, nephews and friends. Dona was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and other groups including Altar Society.
Dona had a sharp, inquisitive mind and enjoyed playing bingo and board games; known to be one of the best domino players of all time. She was devoted to her family and loved cooking for them; and they will especially miss her St. Joseph pasta, pinolate and Italian breads.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jasper Salpetro; and two brothers, Tony and Joe Piccolo.
She is survived by brothers, Mike Piccolo and wife Rose of Pasadena, Lee Piccolo and wife LaVerne of Bryan; sisters, Callie Santana of Bryan, Mary Serpe and husband Vince of Cranberry Lake, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family extends special thanks to Dona's many caretakers, especially the staff at Crestview Retirement Community and St. Joseph Manor.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in Dona's memory may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church Building Fund, 401 S. Parker Ave, Bryan, TX 77802 or St. Joseph Catholic School, 600 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77802.
Dona will be deeply missed by all her family and friends, but we are looking forward to rejoining her in Heaven someday where we know she will be one of God's efficiency experts.
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