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Calcaterra Funeral Home

5140 Daggett Ave, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Linda LaFerla

August 27, 1929December 5, 2019
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(nee Bramanti)

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Born August 27, 1929, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the age of 90. Daughter of the late Sebastiano and Sarah Bramanti; beloved wife of the late Salvatore “Sam” LaFerla; dearest mother of Frank (Mickey) LaFerla, Rosie (Dave) Winkler and the late Charlie (Cindy) LaFerla; loving Nonna of Brian (Jaime) Winkler, Jeff Winkler, Jennifer (Greg) Kleissle, Salvatore (fiancé Anna Bunyatova), Samantha LaFerla and Dominic (fiancé Megan Shillingsford); great-grandmother “Nonna” of Grace, Emma, Nevaeh and Beau; dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, great great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Linda was born in Augusta, Sicily. She survived the World War II bombings, but her mother did not. So, at age 13, Linda became the "Mom" of the family and began taking care of her Dad and siblings. She came to America in 1954, (a 10-day journey) on the Christopher Columbus Ship, with her husband Sam and their one-year-old son, while all of her siblings and family still reside in Sicily. They immediately came to settle "On The Hill" and became parishioners of St. Ambrose Church. Her children and grandchildren have all graduated from St. Ambrose School, and now her great-granddaughters are attending there. Her biggest joy in life was cooking every Sunday for the entire family. Mangia! Mangia! Also, you could always find her walking at least twice a day, no matter the weather (and don't even try catching up with her, because you couldn't). She always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone with a hug or a kiss.

Contributions in Linda’s name may be made to The Sick and Elderly Program of the Hill, 2315 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63110 or to St. Ambrose Church, 5130 Wilson Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63110.

Funeral From Calcaterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave., Wednesday, December 11th, 9:30 am to St. Ambrose Catholic Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am, 5130 Wilson Ave. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, December 10th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Calcaterra Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Sebastiano Bramanti, Father (deceased)
  • Sarah Bramanti (Rosario), Mother (deceased)
  • Salvatore "Sam" LaFerla, Husband (deceased)
  • Frank LaFerla (Mickey), Son
  • Rosie Winkler (Dave), Daughter
  • Charlie LaFerla (Cindy), Son (deceased)
  • Brian Winkler (Jaime), Grandson
  • Jeff Winkler, Grandson
  • Jennifer Kleissle (Greg), Granddaughter
  • Salvatore LaFerla (fiance' Anna Bunyatova), Grandson
  • Samantha LaFerla, Granddaughter
  • Dominic (Fiance' Megan Shillingsford), Grandson
  • Our dear great-grandmother “Nonna” of Grace, Emma, Nevaeh and Beau; dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, great great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Services

  • Visitation - Tuesday Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass - Wednesday Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Committal Service - Wednesday Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Memories

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Grace Riccardi

December 8, 2019

Aunt Linda:
Our hearts are broken and we will always remember your warm smile, your trips to Boston, all our talks and delicious meals you prepared.
You gave so much love, kindness and was always willing to offer a helping hand to all.
You will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in peace.
Our love and prayers to your family.

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Biography

(nee Bramanti)

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Born August 27, 1929, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the age of 90. Daughter of the late Sebastiano and Sarah Bramanti; beloved wife of the late Salvatore “Sam” LaFerla; dearest mother of Frank (Mickey) LaFerla, Rosie (Dave) Winkler and the late Charlie (Cindy) LaFerla; loving Nonna of Brian (Jaime) Winkler, Jeff Winkler, Jennifer (Greg) Kleissle, Salvatore (fiancé Anna Bunyatova), Samantha LaFerla and Dominic (fiancé Megan Shillingsford); great-grandmother “Nonna” of Grace, Emma, Nevaeh and Beau; dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, great great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Linda was born in Augusta, Sicily. She survived the World War II bombings, but her mother did not. So, at age 13, Linda became the "Mom" of the family and began taking care of her Dad and siblings. She came to America in 1954, (a 10-day journey) on the Christopher Columbus Ship, with her husband Sam and their one-year-old son, while all of her siblings and family still reside in Sicily. They immediately came to settle "On The Hill" and became parishioners of St. Ambrose Church. Her children and grandchildren have all graduated from St. Ambrose School, and now her great-granddaughters are attending there.

Her biggest joy in life was cooking every Sunday for the entire family. Mangia! Mangia!

Also, you could always find her walking at least twice a day, no matter the weather (and don't even try catching up with her, because you couldn't).

She always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone with a hug or a kiss.