Venera Patanella

#203, (1 January 1913 - 9 January 2011)
Father*Charles Patanella (c 1875 - )
Mother*Giacolina Carlisi (1886 - )


Decimo Castronovo b. c 1912, d. 2017
Her married name was Castronovo.1 
Birth*1 January 1913She was born on 1 January 1913 at Grotte, Agrigento, Sicily, ItalyG.2 
Marriage*circa 1947She married Decimo Castronovo circa 1947.1 
Death*9 January 2011She died on 9 January 2011 at Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagra, Ontario, at age 98.3 


  1. [S2818] Morse and Son Funeral Home, online Life Story for Decimo Castronovo
    Decimo Castronovo peacefully passed away at the age of 105 at Millennium Trail Manor, surrounded by his family on October 23, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Venera Castronovo (2011) for 70 years. Dearly loved father of Carmelina Stante, Tonina (Frank) Sasso, Jacqueline Bortolussi and Jim (Rose) Castronovo. Predeceased by his parents Carmela and Vincenzo Castronovo, 9 brothers and sisters in Sicily and USA and son-in-law Bruno Bortolussi (2015). Cherished Nonno of Mary (Sam) Mangiacasale, Phyllis Stante, Lidia Stante, Michael (Marianne) Stante, Ralph (April) Sasso, Raffielina (Joe) Bulgaretti, Vincent (Carla) Sasso, Cristina Castronovo and Vincent Castronovo. Great-grandfather of 13 and great-great-grandfather of 8. Decimo was born in Grotte, Agrigento, Sicily and immigrated to Canada in 1952. Prior to his immigration, Decimo served in the Italian Army Infantry during World War II. Decimo’s occupation in Sicily was a Carpenter, and for several years he had his own shop in Grotte. Upon arriving in Canada he was employed at the Sheraton Brock Hotel until he retired in 1977. Decimo lived in his own home until age 102, and his passion was his garden and wine making. Decimo will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
  2. [S1895] Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania; M1537, Record Group 21, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, District of Columbia, online and, Petition for Naturalization No. 84546, 13 Feb 1929, for Cologero [Charles] Patanella, q. v.
  3. [S1585], online, Venera Castronovo (nee Patanella) - Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 97. Beloved wife of Decimo for 69 years. Dear mother of Carmelina Stante, Tonina (Frank) Sasso, Jackie (Bruno) Bortolussi and Jim (Rose) Castronovo. Cherished Nonna of Mary (Sam) Mangiacasale, Phyllis Bellon, Lidia Stante, Michael Stante, Ralph (April) Sasso, Raffielina (Joe) Bulgaretti, Vincent (Carla) Sasso, Cristina Castronovo and Vincent Castronovo. Great-grandmother of 13 and great-great-grandmother of 2. Sister of Maria Morreale. Loving aunt to several nieces and nephews. Venera will be remembered for the love she shared with her family and for her strength and courage. Published by Toronto Star on Jan. 10, 2011.