Ilene Margaret Sorensen Simoncioni, 66, of Hickory, NC and formerly of New Orleans, LA, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
Born January 12, 1946 in Alameda, CA, she was the daughter of the late Deacon George Alfred Sorensen, Jr. and Emma Del Couvillon Sorensen.
Ilene graduated from the University of New Orleans. She and her husband Mario moved to Hickory with her parents after Hurricane Katrina. Ilene was a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and was a very devout Christian woman. In her lifetime, she was a member of many Christian, Catholic and secular organizations, including the Christian Mothers Association, and the Supreme Timers. She also taught Women's Spirituality, CCD, RCIA and worked with children's Bible studies. She was always open to counseling anyone in need. The church was most central to her life, particularly the Holy Eucharist.
Ilene was an ardent gardener and took great pride in her butterfly gardens. She also enjoyed bird watching, needlework (especially needlepoint and crochet). She was an avid reader, especially biblical works. She enjoyed music, theater and all of the arts.
Her passion was her family. She loved her husband and children and just couldn't wait to hug and kiss her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Otello "Mario" Simoncioni; 2 daughters: Tonya Maria Hill and husband Jeffrey of Denham Springs, LA, Erika Lyn Cook and husband Bromley of Swampscott, MA; son, Nicholas George Simoncioni and wife Elizabeth of Saugus, CA; 7 grandchildren: Rebecca Hill, Jonathan Hill, Melissa Hill, Corinne Rose Cook, Giorgio Simoncioni, Tristan Simoncioni, and Jonah Simoncioni.
The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church with Father Bob Ferris officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Ilene Margaret Sorensen Simoncioni.