Obituaries

Elda M. Cucich

August 27, 1919 - January 17, 2020

Elda M. Cucich, of Batavia, joined her beloved Nerino in the arms of our heavenly Father on January 17, 2020 after a brief illness. Elda was born in Padua, Italy on August 27, 1919 to Giovanni and Adele (nee Zoccarato) Rigato.

Born into a world without commercial airplanes, radio or television, she survived Mussolini, fascism and World War II to follow her late husband Nerino on an ocean voyage to America where they lived together from 1950 until his passing in 1986. Although initially not exactly enamored of the idea of leaving family and her beloved Italy to move to a country where she couldn’t speak the language and knew no one, her devotion to Nerino and courage sustained her from their arrival in the coal town of Johnston City, Illinois until they moved to Batavia in 1951 to start their family. During their 36 years of marriage until Nerino’s death in August 1986, they sacrificed and succeeded together, embodying and living the American Dream.

Her grieving family will miss her gentle smile but they take solace in the fact that, “gwell,” she and Nerino now stroll the cobblestone streets of Padua’s Piazza Ragione, arm in arm, in an eternal passegiata. Ciao, mommy and nonna, ti vogliamo bene.

She leaves surviving two daughters, Sue (Rory) Weiler and Liz (John) Marszalek; five grandchildren, Timothy (Meghan) Weiler, Peter (Ryann) Marszalek, Melissa (John) Morgan, Nina (Jeremy) Roberg, Kyra Marszalek and seven great-grandchildren, Lincoln Morgan, Carter Roberg, Tyler Morgan, Eleanor Weiler, Claire Weiler, Amelia Weiler and Legion Marszalek. In addition she leaves a sister, Ines Dono of Padova, Italy.

Visitation will be held at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia on Monday January 20, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2300 Main St., Batavia, IL on Tuesday January 21, 2020, at 10:30 AM.  Interment will be held as Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home – Batavia 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.

Guest Book

  • RIGATO MARTINO Carissima Zia, sei stata per noi un esempio di positività e di come sia nostro dovere vivere la vita come un dono. Conserveremo il ricordo della tua incredibile ospitalità quando siamo venuti a trovarti come ci mancheranno le tue sempre puntualissime lettere di auguri per ogni ricorrenza. E che dire poi della tua voce al telefono sempre così dolce. A Susy ed Elisabeth vorremmo dire quello che ci dissi alla morte del papà: "coraggio Martino la vita va avanti". La stessa frase vogliamo dirla a voi cugine. La vita prosegue ed è bella, "purtroppo molto breve" come non si stancava mai di ribadire la zia, e così va vissuta fino in fondo. Ti vogliamo bene Zia
  • RIGATO PAOLA Cara Zia Elda, hai raggiunto in cielo il tuo caro Nerino. Lassù hai certamente trovato la nostra mamma Maria e il nostro papà Gianni. Sei stata una bella persona, e ci hai dato un grande esempio di moglie e madre. Ricordiamo con rimpianto il tuo bellissimo sorriso. Ti vogliamo tanto bene. Paola, Michela e Arianna
  • Diane Ziemba Liz & family - I wish I could be there to hug you. Deepest condolences and prayers going out to you and yours. May knowing that your parents are together again and that they are in their forever home with the Lord give you comfort and peace.
  • Elisabetta, Mario, Gianluca Cara zia Elda, qualche anno fa abbiamo avuto il grande piacere di essere tuoi ospiti. E' stato davvero bello vivere la tua disponibilità il tuo affetto la tua vitalità. E le tue lettere, l'ultima lo scorso Natale, sempre lucide, vivaci e piene di affetto. Grazie ancora Zia. Sue, Liz, non siate tristi piuttosto sia felici di avere avuto questa piccola grande donna come mamma, aver goduto del suo affetto e della sua presenza, lei non vi ha abbandonato, vi segue da lassu, voi, i vostri figli i vostri niipoti. Ciao "Nonna"
  • Francesca, Terry, Giovanni Cara zia Elda, sono passati ormai molti anni dalla tua ultima visita a Padova ma il tuo ricordo resta per noi vivissimo. La tua simpatia, la tua vitalità il tuo affetto ci accompagneranno per sempre. Adesso hai raggiunto il tuo Nerino per rimanere assieme fino al giorno dei giorni. Addio Zia Elda! Francesca, Terry, Giovanni, Walter e Alessandra
  • Bette Thompson Sue and family, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your mother. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Although I did not know her I am certain she was a very lovely lady. May your heart and sould find peace and comfort.
  • Mariella Piccione Cara zia Elda, grazie per la grande lezione di vita che ci lasci. Tu hai messo sempre al primo posto il Signore e gli affetti familiari e a loro hai dedicato cuore, mente, energie. A te il merito di aver tenuto unita la famiglia, quella americana e quella italiana, perché l'amore per l'Italia, lasciata per amore di tuo marito, è rimasto vivissimo in te. Continua a vegliare su di noi, cara zia: il tuo esempio e l'affetto che ci hai sempre dimostrato ci danno conforto e sicurezza nel cammino della vita. Ti vogliamo tanto bene. Mariella e Ambrogio
  • Roberta Barbero Cara Zia Elda, you have been a constant in my life. Each year me, and then my kids too, we knew that our birthday was close when we received your greeting postcards. All birthdays, all Christmas, all Easter. You found this way to be close to her overseas family, and it got it! You came in Italy for our wedding, me and Bruno can’t forget you gifted us ours wedding rings “to remind you of me” you told us. I was too young to remember clearly Zio Nerino, but I know that my Nonna, his sister, told me that he was witty and charming. I like to imagine that, meeting in heaven Zia Elda he has said her: “Here you are, my love! I’ve been waiting you for a long time!” and she has replied “I know, but I was very busy downstairs, daughters, sons, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but now I am here, and I have a lot of things to talk about with you!”. I spoke last time with Zia Elda on 2nd January, and she told me that life is wonderful, but too short. She was in love with life, and I never met a person so fragile, but at the same time so strong like her. We will never forget her smile, we’ll miss her voice, with her particular pronunciation: italian accent in English and american accent in Italian. We’ll miss her stories and her letters. She had such a beautiful handwriting and she was able to tell news without being boring! We had the gift to be part, this summer of her wonderful 100th birthday’s party! And I think she has been really happy in that days. She gave and received a lot of love in her long life! Thank you Lord, because she passed sleeping and pacefully, without suffering. Thank you Zia Elda, because you gave us an american family, Susy and Liz with their wonderful families, and we feel so close with them in this moment. We’ll never forget you, Ciao Zia! Roberta e Bruno, Francesca, Federico e Gabriele, mamma e papà di Bruno
  • Lorenza Donò Lorenza assieme alla mamma Maria, ai fratelli Pierangelo e Anna formula le sue condoglianze per la perdita della casa Elda.Ricorderemo la sua dolcezza ma anche la sua forza ed il suo coraggio.Lorenza Donò e famiglia.
  • Carol Airis Dear Sue and Liz and families. I am sad that I won’t be able to attend the visitation and funeral. Tom and I are in Denver babysitting Poppie so that Logan could go visit his Dad who is pretty sick. Aunt Elda was the sweetest of ladies and so kind. Even though I am no longer in Batavia, I will miss knowing she is a part of the community. It is a comfort to know she is with Uncle Nerino, exactly where she has wanted to be for the last few years. Let the memories comfort you along with family and friends. Love you all. Carol, Tom, Kristie and Jonathan
  • David Fellows Deepest sympathies from the Fellows family to yours. May wonderful memories help buoy your spirits in the days ahead. Hugs and prayers.