Jane Catherine Policicchio, 95, of Lower Burrell, PA, peacefully passed away at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL surrounded by her loving family.
Jane was born June 12, 1921, in Vandergrift, PA, to the late James and Saveria Salvino, and had lived in Lower Burrell since 1953. Throughout her life, Jane enjoyed volunteering in several community organizations and was an active member of her church, including various church choirs and the Catholic Daughters of America for 65 years. Jane was very involved with her community, volunteering at her local polling place for more than 30 years.
Jane spent her early life focused on her studies as a member of the National Honor Society and in her local library where she read nearly every book in circulation. She married the love of her life, John, upon his return from WWII. In retirement, Jane and John would spend weeks at a time in Michigan and Illinois watching their grandchildren grow up. Jane instilled family values and traditions into many generations and cherished the holidays where her family laughed, shared stories, and played cards together. She enjoyed a close relationship with her children and children-through-marriage, especially Michon Policicchio, who married her beloved son Paul. Following the passing of her husband, Jane made a new home living with Sara and Gil in Naperville, IL. She was very proud to see her children and grandchildren enjoy happiness in all of their endeavors and formed a special bond with her great-granddaughters, Gemma and Julia. She was a wonderful listener with a warm soul and a selfless heart whose beautiful voice and cheerful laugh will be missed by those who knew her.
Jane was preceded in death by her late husband John Policicchio and her dear son Paul Policicchio. Survivors include children, Sara Jane (Gil) Phillip, of Naperville, IL and Michon Policicchio of Novi, MI; grandchildren, John, Joseph and Jeffrey Policicchio, Mark (Hannah) Phillip and Nicole Phillip, Jane Marie (AJ) Portelli; great-granddaughters, Gemma and Julia Portelli; sister, Betty Barisone, of Leechburg, PA; sister in-law Jean Policicchio, of Bridgeville, PA ; brother in-law C. Armond Policicchio, of Vandergrift, PA; sister in-law, Mary (Henry) Gee, of Novato, CA; many nieces and nephews, including Cindy Gatto (Ken) Donaldson; and close friends Jane Bronson and Nancy O’Malley of Naperville, IL. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Angie Gatto and brothers Domenico Ciardulli and Joseph Salvino.
Memorial Service will be at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1215 Modaff Road, Naperville, IL, on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception hosted by her family. She will have a Catholic funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell, PA. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. For more information, please call 630-355-0213.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24th at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where a parting prayer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25th, followed by a Catholic funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, PA.