Velia Mariani, 86, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020, in Monroe, NC. She was born in Pacentro, Italy on June 14, 1933, to the late Antonio and Virginia (De Chellis) Mariani.
Velia immigrated to the United States in 1949 and made her home in Hopewell Township, PA, where she was a longtime resident and a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was a loving and dedicated mother to her daughters, Anna Neilson of Monroe, NC, and Angela Fabbrini of Darlington, PA.
She owned and operated Velia's Beauty Salon for 46 years. The salon's long success and many loyal clientele were a testament to Velia's talent and to her characteristic hard work and determination.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Luigi Mariani and Leonardo Mariani; brother-in-law Patsy Rubino; grandson, Mark Neilson and son-in-law Edward Fabbrini.
In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her grandsons Jason Neilson of Monroe, NC, and Louis Fabbrini of London, UK; sister Luisa Rubino of Aliquippa, PA; brother Pete Mariani and his wife Silvana of Coraopolis, PA; sister-in-law Ann Mariani of Mars, PA, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A private memorial service will be held at Darroch Memorial Cremation and Funeral Tributes, Inc. 2640 Mill Street, Aliquippa www.darrochfuneralhome.com Entombment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
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