Mary Piazza


March 2, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Mary L. Piazza, 82, of Iola died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Humboldt.
She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of William Henry and Ruby (Robinson) Pease.
She married Augustine J. Piazza in September 1946. They had three children and were subsequently divorced.
She became a licensed practical nurse in 1959 and continued nursing for more than 40 years. In 1968 she moved from Nebraska to California, spent one year at a naval nursing outpost in Alaska and ultimately made her home in Hawaii beginning in 1971, where she resided for more than 30 years. She came to Iola in 2003, living at Windsor Place for five years before her move to Humboldt.
In addition to being an LPN, she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in sociology, combining her interest in social work with nursing in volunteer work with a half-way house for troubled teens. She also trained at the University of Honolulu Montessori Teacher Education program to become a Montessori teacher.
She had a number of interests and avocations. She was an active member of her community in Hawaii, serving as president of the Hawaii Ocean View Estates community center. She was a skilled carpenter and an accomplished seamstress and crafts person. She liked to sing and sang in numerous choirs and participated in the HOVE Ukelele & Bell Ensemble.
She is survived by a daughter, Gina and her husband, Anthony Ierulli, New York; a son, Tony and his wife, Terri, Iola; eight grandchildren, Madeleine, Adrian, Aurora, Angelica, Marissa, Raquel, Alex and Emma; and three great-grandchildren.
The youngest of nine children, she is also survived by her brother, G. William (Bill) Pease, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Rosanne Joy Piazza, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels in Iola.
A private memorial celebration of her life will be held by the family at a later date.
Memorials to  Alzheimer’’s Association may be sent online to or left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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