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Helen (nee Candelore) Zappia

Obituary for Helen (nee Candelore) Zappia

April 23, 1931 - May 30, 2020
Glenolden, Pennsylvania | Age 89

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt



Helen (nee Candelore) Zappia, age 89, of Glenolden, PA, passed on May 30, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Frank Zappia. Devoted mother of the late Anthony Zappia; and sister of the late Marion D'Egidio.
Survived by her cherished daughters Maryann Zappia and Claire Turnbaugh (Ron); her sister Evelyn Desiderio; her treasured grandchildren, Eric and Michael; and her nieces and nephews.

Helen was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

Funeral will be Private

In lieu of flowers contributions in Helen's name may be made to Main Line Hospice 240 Radnor Chester Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087; would be appreciated.

Last thoughts from daughters,
Maryann and Claire

We feel so very blessed to have been loved and encouraged and cared for by such an exceptionally beautiful mother with an extremely generous heart.

God blessed us with three very special weeks to give back to her some of the same love, encouragement and caring that she taught us throughout our lives in the home where she lived and raised her family. That is was exactly where she wanted be. Even though the isolation due to the pandemic has impacted every detail of all our lives, we give praise to God that He heard our prayers so she was home from the hospital and with us at 218.

Our hearts are grateful that we were given precious hours to reminisce and share fun stories throughout the years and see her smile and wave us away when she needed to rest. We spoke of heaven, prayed with her and sang to her. We told her to be sure to tell Dad, our brother Anthony, and Jesus that we look forward to seeing them. She was constantly reminded how much she was loved and she kept telling us the same until the last few days when she was sleeping comfortably.

She preferred to be independent and even managed to get out of bed a few times even with the bedrails when we were convinced it was not possible. She did not want a fuss and would have preferred not to have the attention or care she needed from us or any of the wonderful help from hospice. However, she never failed to say "thank you" each and every time as long as she was still able.

She lived her life full circle from her being loved with every need being tended to when she was a baby, to giving unconditional love and tending to every need of her husband and children, and finally to receiving love from her daughters as we tended to her every need until she passed. She definitely taught both of us countless lessons about life. We know that she was so very proud of us, but we were even prouder to be her daughters.

Our sweet mom took her final breath Saturday evening. Without a doubt, she taught us much throughout her lifetime. During these last few weeks, she taught us a very important final lesson showing us by example how to go into the arms of Jesus with humbleness and a thankful heart.

God's grace, love, kindness, and mercy have sustained us on this heartbreaking journey, along with the caring and support of family and friends!

Our hearts are grateful!

Services Private

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D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
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