2/1/2014 3:25:00 PM Verla Mae Romagnoli July 22, 1922 - January 31, 2014
Verla Mae Romagnoli, 91, of Taylorville, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014, at Taylorville Care Center.
Verla was born on July 22, 1922, near Independence, Iowa, a daughter of Cecil and Cassie Lovelace Casey. She married Hugo Romagnoli on February 14, 1947, in Taylorville. She graduated from Taylorville High School in 1939 and worked briefly as a bookkeeper for the local Producer’s Dairy before moving to San Diego, CA. There, she was trained as a meat cutter while working in a small local grocery store. When World War II began, she returned to Central Illinois and worked at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant in Illiopolis, IL.
After the war ended, she began using her skills as a meat cutter again, working at My Store in Taylorville. It was there she met her future husband Hugo, a fellow meat cutter. They soon settled in Taylorville and had one son, Philip, who currently resides here.
For many years she concurrently worked in the home and ran a successful seamstress and tailoring business out of a shop in her basement, becoming well known throughout the area for the detail and quality of her work. Soon well in demand, she even subcontracted work at times to serve her customers. She became co-owner of Taylorville’s Gas Light Motel in 1968 and successfully operated it for 15 years.
Constantly creative and always with a project, she was a devoted volunteer at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center, serving as their bookkeeper for many years. She also donated her time extensively to Taylorville’s Weight Watchers chapter.
For more than 50 years, First Presbyterian Church was blessed with the talents of Verla and her sister Velma, known as the “angel ladies” for the golden angels and holy families they created for the church’s annual Christmas bazaar. They produced nearly 12,000 angels and were featured in media nationwide, including NBC’s Today Show. Angels and holy families were shipped throughout North America and as far away as Italy and Mexico. The angels were only sold at the church bazaar, and the sisters used the proceeds to designate a youth scholarship fund administered through the church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Viron Casey, Vernon Casey and Lowen Casey; and her husband.
Verla is survived by her son, Philip Romagnoli of Taylorville; granddaughter Rachel and husband Kevin Montgomery of Springfield; sister Velma Shaw of Taylorville; nephew Rich and wife Shirley Shaw of Taylorville; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday February 4 at Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville, with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Private graveside rites for family will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Funeral services for Verla Mae Romagnoli, 91, of Taylorville, IL, were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 4 at Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL. Private graveside rites for family were held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Pallbearers were Rich Shaw, Kevin Montgomery, Jeff Grote, Charles Ruyle, Randy Teeter and Dean Perfetti.
She passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014, at Taylorville Care Center.