Louise (Genese) Norcia, 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Royal Westerly Nursing Home. She was born on November 13, 1919, daughter of the late Antonio and Mary (Gencarella) Genese. Louise grew up on Oak Street in Westerly and graduated from Westerly High School. She married Albert Norcia, who predeceased her in 1999, after 53 years of marriage.
Louise is survived by her three children; Michael Norcia and his wife Lor of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Linda Niedbala and her husband Chet of Pawcatuck, CT, and Raymond Norcia and his wife Patty of Exeter, R.I., as well as a brother Tony Genese of Westerly, R.I. She was predeceased by her brother, Frank Genese.
Louise was a terrific cook and the happiest when in her kitchen making her delicious meals for the family gatherings, especially her famous meatballs. Many times you could hear her singing or listening to music while doing what she loved. She was a role model to all and her deep love and support for family and friends will always be remembered.
She was a wonderful, caring Grandmother to her six Grandchildren; Paul Niedbala and his wife Kathleen of Pawcatuck, Tracey Strelczuk and her husband Adam of Mystic, Andy Norcia and his wife DeeDee of Georgia, Mike Norcia and his wife Rosa of Florida, Ken Norcia of Florida, and Jesse Norcia and his wife Marie of Massachusetts. She also leaves behind six Great-Grandchildren, who always brought joy into her life; Nora, Molly, and Kate Niedbala, Lucas and Mason Strelczuk, and Nikko Norcia, as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family extends their deepest appreciation to Tina Yirenkyi, her caregiver while at home, for all the laughs, love, and care she showered upon "Grandma". The family also extends their sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff at Royal Westerly Nursing Home for their daily care, support, and love provided to "Grandma" for the past three years.
A funeral service will be on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Westerly, R.I. Burial will follow the service at River Bend Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on the same day at the funeral home prior to the service from 9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Louise loved children dearly, therefore in lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, 45 Gay Street, Providence, R.I. 02905.
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