D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Armida Pace

July 4, 1934July 22, 2019

Armida (Santilli) Pace, 85, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, July 22, 2019, where she was greeted by heavenly angels and into the arms of her adored late husband, Tiberio R. Pace. Born in Pratola Peligna, Province of L’Aquila, Italy on July 4, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Antonietta (Gualtieri) Santilli. She moved to the United States in 1948 with her family. She met her beloved husband, Tiberio at the Feast of the Madonna Della Libera in 1955. They married in October that same year and would raise four children. Together, Armida and Tiberio owned and operated Modern Fashion Dress Co. for 25 years until Tiberio’s passing in 1995. They found joy in spending time together, with their family and most of all with their grandchildren. Armida had a very strong faith in God, something that carried her greatly after the sudden passing of her beloved husband. She found great strength and comfort in her faith. She was a devoted member of the Church of the Incarnation, serving as a Minister of Holy Communion for 20 years, which she was so proud of. A kind, generous, compassionate person, Armida enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and spending time with her large family and her friends. She was a longtime member of the Church of the Incarnation Women’s Club and Prayer Shawl Ministry, Pratolana Mutual Benefit Society, Young Italian American Association, Women’s Travel and Transportation Club, a faithful communicant of both Corpus Christi Church and the Church of the Incarnation and an active supporter of the Holy Family Monastery. Left to honor Armida and remember her great love are her four children, Mirella D’Antonio and her husband Ed, Renato Pace and his wife Monica, Debra Zocco, with whom she resided, and her husband Paul, Sr. and Marco Pace and his wife Maria, all of Wethersfield. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Melissa D’Antonio and partner Mark Salvesen, Michael D’Antonio, Paul Zocco, Jr. and wife Taylor, Joseph Zocco and fiancée Sara Luiz, Evan Pace, Colin Pace, Kassandra Armida Pace and Ryan Pace, as well as two sisters whom she adored, Ines Giansiracusa and her husband Gino of Hartford and Ivana Cieri of Wethersfield and three sisters-in-law, Laura Santilli of Laval, Canada, Luciana Treviso and her husband John of Newington and Maria Pace of Newington, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Terzina DellaFiore and her husband Luigi, four brothers-in-law, Marzolino Pace, Giose Cieri, Emidio Santilli and Aldo Pace and his wife Nina. Armida’s enduring love and memory will continue on in the hearts of her loved ones. The family will receive relatives, friends and others whose lives Armida touched on Thursday (July 25th) from 4 – 7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Funeral Services will depart at 9:15 a.m. on Friday (July 26th) from the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. Entombment will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial donations in Armida’s memory may be made to the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com


  • Public Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Entombment Friday, July 26, 2019


Armida Pace

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Margie Hart Banach

July 29, 2019

My love and deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear, sweet mother. May you be blessed with the gift of strong faith from your mother, and remain hopeful until you are reunited with her and your father.
God bless all the Pace family.
Love and prayers,
Margie Hart Banach

Salvatore Palombizio

July 28, 2019

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to your family. May you find comfort that she has rejoined her late husband, Tiberio, with both in God's presence.


July 24, 2019

Deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

Maria Vallera Skavicus

July 24, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Armida. She was a great lady. All my prayers and love, from her goddaughter, Maria Vallera Skavicus and family.

Noranne Wamester

July 24, 2019

To my sweet, soul friend Armida. I will always treasure our moments together from the very beginning at the loss of your beloved Tiberio. And our soul friendship continued during this past year. I will always love you and I thank our loving Lord for placing you in my life. Thank you my dear one..
I love you,

Melissa Marzano McElwee

July 24, 2019

Dear Pace Family,
I am so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Comare Armida was a beautiful, sweet woman and she will be missed. Now she can be joined again with Compare Tiberio. Much love and strength to you all during this time.
Melissa Marzano McElwee