COAL CITY – Velma Mae Picciariello, 78, of Coal City, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. Velma was born March 24, 1938 in Illinois Station, Indiana, daughter of Kitchel and Bonnie Dyer Miller.
She began dancing and performing acrobatics at the age of two with the SchultzDance Studio in Chicago. She continued her love for dance by opening a dance studio with her sister, Patricia, in Chicago. Velma previously worked as a secretary in Dr. Relucio’s office in Morris. She was an election judge for many years, as well as treasurer for Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. She also served as a trustee for Felix Township.
Surviving are two daughters: Pamela Picciariello Uher of Coal City and Lisa (Doug) Scribner of Dwight; three grandchildren: Candice Christian, Misty Uher and Amber Uher; three great-grandchildren: Christian Wren, Gryson Johnson and Ryder Uher.
Also surviving are her long-time companion, Roger Viviana of Coal City; one sister, Linda (James) Polak of Vienna, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death
were her parents; her husband, Frank Picciariello; daughter, Brenda Christian; and two sisters: Patricia Crothers and Evelyn Miller.
Visitation was at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, Friday, August 19, from 5 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Chaplain Jim McGuire officiated.
Cremation rites were accorded following the services.
Inurnment will be private in Braceville – Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
In lieu of flowers, memo- rial gifts in her name may be directed to Joliet Area Community Hospice.
To visit her on-line guestbook, log on to www.rwpattersonfuneralhomes.com