Antoinetta Maddelyn “Jeanette” Dipola-Looney was born on July 24, 1929, in the house they lived in on 13th Street in Chehalis, Washington. Her parents were Guiseppe DiPaola “Joseph” and Giuseppa “Josephine" Saguto. Both her parents Joseph and Josephine were immigrants from a little village in Sicily named Alimena, which they referred to as the “old country.” Their last name was changed from “DiPaola” to “Dipola” going through immigration at Ellis Island. Jeanette had five siblings: Dick (deceased), Lucille (deceased), Thelma (deceased), Frank and Angie. Jeanette is the third child after Lucille.
On June 22, 1952, she married McCoy William Looney (deceased), at the age of 23. They had four children. Her daughter Deborah “Deb” is married to Mike Fry. Their daughter Lisa is married to Dean Frye. Lisa has two sons, Uriah (deceased) and Riley. Anthony “Tony” (deceased) was married to Meliah, who is now married to Harvey Bamford. Mark and McCoy Edward “Mick” was married to Jamie Blum and is now married to Lea Looney.
Tony and Meliah had four children: Rachel, Jacob, Rebekah and Abby. Rachel is married to Dennis Tauscher and has five children (Sam, Haley, Anna, Grace and Emma.) Rebekah is married to Chad Fogelsong and has three children (Carley, Kennedy and Paisley). Jacob, and then the youngest, Abby, is married to Spencer Blosl and has a daughter named Hazel Mae and a baby boy on the way.
Mick and Jamie had three children: Blake, Alex and McKenzie. Blake (currently married to Jenny) has three children: Cooper, Nick and Brock. Alex (married to Blake Williams) has three children: Carmin, Weston and Cadence. Their youngest, McKenzie, will have her first child soon.
Jeanette Looney left us to be with the Lord on Jan. 24, 2023, at Deb and Mike Fry’s home where she had been living for the last two years. She was wearing the special cross her grandson Jacob gave her, and her special Bible was under her pillow, which her brother Frank gave her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Josephine Dipola; many relatives in Sicily she was never able to meet; her dear husband McCoy Looney after 66 years of marriage; her father and mother-in-law McCoy and Dolly Looney; son Tony; sisters Lucille and Thelma; brother Dick and beloved sister-in-law Frances; brother-in-law Ben Rynevich; nephews Dominic, Lenard, Steve and Stan; and special cousins Jeannie Mann and Joe Notero.
Mom loved our friends as we grew up. The special people that are dear to her were Robin Gray, Lou Ann Dunlap, her brother John, Mike Churchill, Gerry Gleason and Earl Neuert.
Our family is sincerely grateful to Assured Home Health and Hospice, KWA, all the doctors and nurses, and staff of both Providence in Centralia and Olympia for all the care mom received. We’re thankful to all the aid crews who came and gave her rides and sometimes just helped us “get her up” and to her caregivers/angels Maria and Monica who always kept her clean and beautiful, and to her amazing therapist Nancy.
Our family would like to extend our great appreciation to her doctor, Dr. Wilson, and staff, her Chaplin Brian, who sang and played guitar, as well as Ken Rosholt. And to mom’s attorney and family friend Laurel Tiller, we thank you for all your guidance and great wisdom.
Special thanks to Rosie and Linda who were always there for their Auntie-net, to Uncle Frank and Aunt Winnie who are always ready to help every time we need them, to my amazing husband Mike that consistently served mom her favorite hot coffee every single day, and of course, to Mick and Lea, we couldn’t have done it without you two.
Our family would like to express our utmost appreciation to all of you who helped, visited and loved mom. We deeply appreciate all your love and support.
Please join us for a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at fiThe Loft, 547 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis, Washington, 98532.
A Sicilian lunch will be served following her service. In lieu of flowers or plants, mom’s wish was to instead make donations to your favorite Christian organization or just pay it forward sometime. She did love her cards and would love any cards. We will read them all to her.
We hope to see you all at her celebration.