SCOTTSDALE, AZ—Laura Clara Chiapetta, 92, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Kenosha, WI passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at her home.
She was born December 21, 1929 in Kenosha, WI, the daughter of the late Pasquale “Charles” and the late Maria “Mary” (Aversa) Gagliardi. She attended Jefferson Elementary School, Washington Junior High School, and graduated from Kenosha High School. She attended and graduated from Kenosha College of Commerce instead of leaving Kenosha and accepting a scholarship to UW Milwaukee.
Her first job after graduation was as an administrative assistant to the plant manager at Marshall Field’s lace factory in Zion, Illinois. There, Laura reconnected with Robert “Bob” Chiapetta, who also worked at the Lace Factory, and fell in love with him. On September 8, 1951, she married Bob at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They were blessed with five children and were married for 69 years until the love of his life passed away in October 2020.
After the wedding, Laura stayed at home until she re-entered the workforce after her youngest child started school. She served as the principal’s secretary at Jefferson Elementary as well as Jane Vernon School for over 20 years. In a tribute to Laura after her retirement from Jane Vernon, her colleagues admiringly described Laura as having a warm and welcoming smile and as always professional and extremely dedicated as well as always patient and caring with her colleagues and students. “She looks for the best in people, and she finds it.” At work and throughout her life, Laura was all of this and more.
Laura was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and ever carer. As part of this loving care, Laura enjoyed cooking for her family and friends using fresh ingredients from their garden and specializing in recipes passed down from generation to generation from her Italian heritage. As much as she loved to cook, even more, she enjoyed having her family and friends seated around the dining room table engaged in lively conversation on a variety of topics while enjoying the great food that came out of the kitchen. . Another real joy for Laura has been road trips with Bob to see family and friends, including the 26 road trips they have taken over the years to Arizona and California. They remained Kenosha residents for most of their lives before moving to Scottsdale, AZ four years ago.
Survivors include five children: Frank (Elaine) Charles, Nancy Kailas (David Fouts), Rue Chiapetta (Michael) Kulbacki, James (Michelle) Chiapetta and Mary Beth (Joel) Nordquist; grandchildren: Justin, Gabriel, Taylor, Michael, Alexis, Jennifer, Allison, Julie, Sarah, Alex, Sam and Sophia; eight great-grandchildren and another on the way in May. She is survived by her sister Rachel (Robert) Haining; his sister-in-law Carolyn Gagliardi; and many loving nephews and nieces.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Laura was predeceased by her three brothers, Jerry Gagliardi, Frank Gagliardi and Dr. John Gagliardi.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Proko Funeral Home. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pompeii, 2224 45th Street. Entombment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum. Those wishing to watch the service via livestream, please use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ProkoFuneralHome/live_videos/ at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Those who wish may make contributions to the Shalom Center, 4314 39th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53144 or to www.shalomcenter.org in his memory.
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