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Carmella (Emily) Risoli Pershall

July 4, 1923 April 20, 2019
Carmella (Emily) Risoli Pershall
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Emily Risoli Pershall passed away peacefully on April 20, 2019 surrounded by her family.
She was born July 4, 1923 in Blue Island, Illinois to Raphael and Vincenza Risoli. She survived spinal meningitidis at age 9 but became deaf as a result. She graduated from high school and fought to be gainfully employed as the deaf were considered unemployable at that time. Her favorite job was working in the commercial laundry business which she retired from in 1985.
Emily met Bob Pershall at her best friend’s wedding and they were married at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1948. They settled in Dolton, Ill. And had four children, Susan Joy, Renee Sue, Robert Dean and Dawn Marie.
Emily was known for her love of babies, bowling, slot machines, dancing, coffee, chocolate, cigarettes, roses, burnt hot dogs and her cat Sweetie. Her pies, especially lemon meringue, were beloved by all. She was a master at housework and her family loved to be the beneficiary of her hard work.
Emily is survived by her sister Josephine Olson, daughter Renee Vorm (Fred), son Dean Pershall (Elizabeth), grandsons Weston (Nicole) Vorm and Clark (Liz) Vorm, granddaughter Valerie Rose Pershall, great granddaughters Aleca Jade Starr and Josephine Schuler Vorm and her cat Sweetie. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, daughters Susan Joy and Dawn Marie and brothers and sisters Patrick, Mary, Anthony, Matilda and Arlene.
She was very grateful for all the blessings in her life and was anxious to be reunited with her husband in heaven. Her family wishes to thank all the caregivers at Parkland Village and Kindred Hospice for their expertise and grace.
Memorial contributions can be made to YCAP.


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