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Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel

1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA

OBITUARY

Vanada Copeland Lanzillotti

August 9, 1941February 5, 2020
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LANZILLOTTI, Vanada Lynn Copeland, of Midlothian, departed this life on February 5, 2020. She was born and raised in Pavo, Georgia. She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond Ellis Copeland and Leona Hart Copeland. She is survived by her sisters, Vara Browning, Vivian Norman (Jimmie) and Velma Nelson, all of Pavo, Georgia. She is also survived by her husband of 60 years, Harry Lanzillotti; her children, Lora Lanzillotti Smith (Glenn), Copeland Lanzillotti (Courtney), and seven beloved grandchildren: Micah, Caleb (Kendall), and Joshua Smith; Luke and Jesse Lanzillotti; Mason and Carter Hubley, to whom she was known as "Gonga."

Vanada Lynn graduated from Moultrie Senior High School and attended Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. She worked as a Paralegal at McGuire Woods for twenty years and for the Virginia State Legislature as a staff member and later as a lobbyist. An active member of Huguenot Road Baptist Church, she enjoyed serving on various committees and as a Bible study leader. Her passion for her Lord was exhibited in the numerous mission trips she took to China, Mexico, Nicaragua and Bland County, Va. and volunteering as a pianist for Morningside Assisted Living for nearly eighteen years. She was an avid tennis player for over fifty years, especially enjoying luncheons after the games with her Suburban and USTA teams. Vanada Lynn's greatest joy was her family. She loved spending time with her sisters on their family farm in Georgia. Her daughter and son brought her happiness daily with phone calls and visits. Always available for any occasion to spend time with her grandchildren, she attended their many activities. She especially loved having them show up unannounced with their friends or to stay overnight.

Vanada Lynn's family will receive family and friends at Woody Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on February 11, 2020. A celebration of her life will be held at Huguenot Road Baptist Church at 10 AM on February 12, 2020, followed by interment at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Huguenot Road Baptist Church, Benevolent Fund, 10525 W. Huguenot Rd., North Chesterfield VA 23235 or Pleasant Hill Church, Cemetery Fund, 65 Hart Road, Pavo GA 31778.

  • FAMILY

  • Raymond Ellis Copeland, Father (deceased)
  • Leona Hart Copeland, Mother (deceased)
  • Vara Browning, Sister
  • Vivian Norman, Sister
  • Jimmie Norman, Brother-in-law
  • Velma Nelson, Sister
  • Harry Lanzillotti, Spouse
  • Lora Lanzillotti Smith, Daughter
  • Glenn Smith, Son-in-law
  • Copeland Lanzillotti, Son
  • Courtney Lanzillotti, Daughter-in-law
  • Micah Smith, Grandchild
  • Caleb Smith, Grandchild
  • Kendall Smith, Grandchild-in-law
  • Joshua Smith, Grandchild
  • Luke Lanzillotti, Grandchild
  • Jesse Lanzillotti, Grandchild
  • Mason Hubley, Grandchild
  • Carter Hubley, Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Huguenot Road Baptist Church, Benevolent Fund
  • Pleasant Hill Church, Cemetery Fund

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Memories

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Sandra Shelton

February 11, 2020

To Harry and family, It is with a deep personal sadness that Lynn is no longer with us. Then there is this wonderful joy that she is in the presence of our Lord. Lynn loved her family. Her face would just shine as she spoke of you.
Lynn gave so much of herself to others. I feel very fortunate to have known her as we shared many private moments. May the Lord continue to bless each of you.

Linda Waddell

February 9, 2020

The Lanzillotti’s are all special people. When we moved here from Richmond, we became friends and the boys were good friends and playmates. My husband travelled a lot and we spent many days and nights with Lynn and Harry and their kids! They were so hospitable and didn’t think twice to have us stay. It was so great for me , especially. Over time, we grew closer and spent a long week-end before school started every year at Sandbridge. What memories we made! Bild and Wored!!!!!
Playing tennis together quite often was great and so many laughs. We, eventually took trips every year with additional special girlfriends and it was the most fun anyone could imagine, just laughing, being silly, and letting it all “hang out” ! It was a special part of my life that will always be at the very top of my best experiences and relationships. Thank you, “girls”!!!!
I love you and, of course, we will miss an important member, but will not
Forget her! Linda

Vivian Norman

February 8, 2020

My little sis always told me I taught her everything she learned. Especially getting into trouble! She was our baby always and was treated as such. After my lungs became an issue I needed oxygen. We have had so much fun making pictures of both of us with our oxygen masks on! She will be missed on earth, but I see her already in Heaven just shouting all over at the joy she is sharing. God bless her dear memory.

Dot Crosby Barber

February 8, 2020

Vanada Lynn left countless and beautiful memories for the many who loved her.

As cousins, Vanada Lynn and I were born months apart and so shared play times from earliest memory.

Christmas at Grandma's house with tons of cousins, Many family reunions, A custom swing built wide enough to hold a bunch of little people at one time, Jump-boards, Picking violets, Swimming in a new built pond or at Cherry Lake. Her teaching me to play Jacks. Our shared left handedness made that easier, Trying to imitate her very neat hand writing.

Watching her at about age 5 singing "You are my Sunshine" while her dad played guitar. I did not understand the poignancy of that moment at the time but I do know it made me cry. It still does.

Her most endearing quality was her care and concern for other people, always reaching out to all, to befriend, include, console, enjoy and love.

God Speed to Glory Sweet Cousin!

Love you
Dot

Lisa Brown

February 7, 2020

I have known Lynn and Harry many years. When I was a college student at VT, Lynn and Harry were so sweet to have me over for meals and fellowship. Lynn was a true Christian lady, committed to her bible study and prayer life. Her example has no doubt touched many lives, and I know she will be missed. My condolences to Harry and all of the family.

Judy Davis

February 6, 2020

Vanada, my first cousin, loved her Lord with all her heart, soul, mind and strength; God’s most important commandment. Then, she loved her neighbors as herself as God commanded in his next equally important commandment for us to live by. She was always willing to share the joy of her love of God with those around her and those whom she served on international missions. I have many fond memories of aunts, uncles and cousins singing around many pianos when we had visits in South Georgia and at family reunions, particularly the old hymns we all grew up with and loved. We were blessed to share these times and grow up in a family who enjoyed singing together. May God bring her family comfort and peace during these days, weeks and months to come. I know she is playing and singing her heavenly songs with her savior in her eternal home. We will miss her radiant smile and caring nature, Rest In Peace, Vanada Lynn, Tater, Gonga, You will live on through your family and friend legacy.

Cristal Osteen

February 6, 2020

Vanada was my first cousin. Our mothers were sisters. As long as I can remember, Vanada was a beautiful person. My first of many fun times with her was at a dance in Georgia. When she wasn't busy dancing, she gracefully encouraged me to talk to people and participate. Vanada's way was patient, gentle and kind. I know she was ill for some time and had peace about going home to be with her father in heaven. She will be missed by so many that love her here and joyfully reunited with her family in heaven.

Wandra Melnick

February 6, 2020

Vanada was such a loving, caring aunt to me. She listened when I needed a shoulder to cry on. I saw my very first snow blanketing the trees and ground of her backyard. Her cheery mood made me always smile. She loved being on the farm with her sisters. I felt like her baby sister. She always had a smile and hug for me. I know I'll see her again some day. Until then. . . I can just see her singing praises to the Lord. ❤

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Biography

LANZILLOTTI, Vanada Lynn Copeland, of Midlothian, departed this life on February 5, 2020. She was born and raised in Pavo, Georgia. She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond Ellis Copeland and Leona Hart Copeland. She is survived by her sisters, Vara Browning, Vivian Norman (Jimmie) and Velma Nelson, all of Pavo, Georgia. She is also survived by her husband of 60 years, Harry Lanzillotti; her children, Lora Lanzillotti Smith (Glenn), Copeland Lanzillotti (Courtney), and seven beloved grandchildren: Micah, Caleb (Kendall), and Joshua Smith; Luke and Jesse Lanzillotti; Mason and Carter Hubley, to whom she was known as "Gonga." Vanada Lynn graduated from Moultrie Senior High School and attended Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. She worked as a Paralegal at McGuire Woods for twenty years and for the Virginia State Legislature as a staff member and later as a lobbyist. An active member of Huguenot Road Baptist Church, she enjoyed serving on various committees and as a Bible study leader. Her passion for her Lord was exhibited in the numerous mission trips she took to China, Mexico, Nicaragua and Bland County, Va. and volunteering as a pianist for Morningside Assisted Living for nearly eighteen years. She was an avid tennis player for over fifty years, especially enjoying luncheons after the games with her Suburban and USTA teams. Vanada Lynn's greatest joy was her family. She loved spending time with her sisters on their family farm in Georgia. Her daughter and son brought her happiness daily with phone calls and visits. Always available for any occasion to spend time with her grandchildren, she attended their many activities. She especially loved having them show up unannounced with their friends or to stay overnight. Vanada Lynn's family will receive family and friends at Woody Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on February 11, 2020. A celebration of her life will be held at Huguenot Road Baptist Church at 10 AM on February 12, 2020, followed by interment at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Huguenot Road Baptist Church, Benevolent Fund, 10525 W. Huguenot Rd., North Chesterfield VA 23235 or Pleasant Hill Church, Cemetery Fund, 65 Hart Road, Pavo GA 31778.