|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1922, USA|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 2005|
Santa Barbara County
Cozzi, Fausta A. / Nov. 25,1922- Oct. 14,2005 By far the most beautiful woman that this earth could ever have been blessed with was embraced by our Lord October, 14th, 2005 with her two daughters, Laura J. Cozzi and Mary Withers by her side. Fausta Aida Manni was born on November 25th, 1922 at the Sibley hospital in Washington DC. She spent her first twelve years in Wilmington, Delaware until her family decided to return to their native Rome, Italy. There she was enrolled at Maria Bambina, a Catholic boarding shool for girls, located at the Vatican City. My Mother who's sense of humor was one of her greatest attributes would tell me how in order to keep the Nun's overly strict demeanor at bay, she would keep them laughing. The other students weren't as fortunate.
During World War 2, my mother being a proud American Citizen, and speaking both English and Italian worked for the American Embassy, as well as, the British Allied Commission as translator and also as an Administative assistant. The Nazi's became aware of the pretty U.S. Citizen and attempted to capture her as a POW. Ironically, it was a Jewish family who happened to be hiding from the Germans that helped her do the same. When World War 2 ended Fausta made her dream a reality by returning to the U.S.
In 1947, She met stone mason, William Cozzi in Wilmington, Delaware, they married that same year in October.
In 1958 the two of them and their three children, Diane, Bill and Mary moved to Santa Barbara where the youngest child, Laura was born in 1963.
My father William Cozzi, became one of Santa Barbara's finest stone masons blessing this town with his incredible artistry. My Mother was an incredible artist, herself, being inspired by such greats as Henri Matisse, Manet and Monet and mastered water colors. She showed her work in local galleries. I only wish her modesty were less prominent because her talent was so great. My Mother's personality was a shy one with little sprinkles of Roman feistiness that made it's appearance but rarely. Her interests were vast- and she loved music whether it was a classic Italian piece or Alicia Keys. She liked radio talk show personality Phil Hendrie and watched all the Seinfeld episodes. I will miss all of the old movies we watched together especially the silent movies on Sunday nights and recently we enjoyed the Greta Garbo exhibit at the Museum of Art. She loved the Italian films that we discovered together, "Caro Diario" and "Pane e' chocolate." I loved watching Huell Howser with her and we actually visited a few of the places that were featured in his shows. I will miss the times where I would tell her that we were just going for a ride and end up in the Bay area. I will cherish the High School graduation present trip to Italy that we took together. I will miss how she could turn mundane evening news broadcasts into a comedy, and although she denied it I actually caught her watching South Park a couple of times. She could be so silly and I loved her for that. Her sense of humor is something I am really going to have a difficult time living without and she gave that gift to all of us children that she raised with her beautiful love. I have learned through her the gift of humor as a tool for survival and for that I am forever grateful.
Mom, I have no idea how I will find life interesting without you.
My Mother's physical beauty was striking. Her large Brilliant Blue eyes and delicate features artistically placed on a perfect "peaches and cream" complexion. It is unique for a woman to have both physical beauty and be funny. And unique she was. She was everything to me and I adored her. An Angel, who is now in heaven.
One last thing, my mother used an Italian phrase that she taught me, "Tutti Deficienti" and you know Mom, I understand that now more than ever.
Ce' Vediamo, Mama. Tu se piu' bella di tutti...I love you, Laura.
P.S. Andiamo a Panarea.
My mother was preceeded in death by her cousin, Ottavio Sciarpella, mother, Ines Sciarpella Manni. Her Husband, William Cozzi, Sister, Ida Pacini Logue, Sister, Maria Manni Barrier and survived by her sister, Bettina Mellios of Brooklyn, New York. Her cousins that reside in Rome, and her four children. Neices and nephews and many friends.
Special Thanks to Robert Ortiz for sponsoring my Mother's memorial~ I am very grateful for his kindness~
Specifically: Laura's residence
Created by: cozzigirl7
Record added: Nov 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12385717
Love you precious mother.. xoxox. We are together always.. xoxoxoxoxo Miss you in the physical world but I feel your spirit more than ever.. xoxox Oh, how I wish I could give you a big hug..|
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Hi Mom!! I love you!!! I remembered my login name and password! I can visit you every day now, like I used to!! LOVE YOU!!! xoxoxo, Laura|
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