Margherita Chiabrera Lovisa

January 31, 1920 - February 19, 2021 Kennett Square, PA | Age 101 Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend.

Margherita Chiabrera Lovisa
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beautiful Mother, but with joy that we are able to celebrate her long life. Margherita was 101 years old when she died at home on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Her life story began when she was born on January 31, 1920 in Sanpierdarena (Genoa), Italy, to Guglielmo and Maria Giuseppina Chiabrera. For the first few years of her life she was wet-nursed and raised by the wonderful Doglio family of Ponti (Piemonte), who had seven children of their own. When she returned to the Chiabrera family, in their hometown of Rivalta Bormida (Piemonte). She grew up with her six brothers and sisters.

She considered herself very lucky to have two families in her life who loved her. She remained close to her siblings and the Doglio children throughout her life, always corresponding and visiting during her trips back to Italy.

After graduating from school, she worked in Genoa and in France. she especially enjoyed working for the glamorous Beaumonts of the Villa Eilenroc, Cap D’Antibes, who were neighbors to the Duke of Windsor. Unfortunately, with the Nazis invading France, she was advised that it was no longer safe on the French Riviera and so she returned to her native Italy.

Margherita embarked on another life journey when she married Luigi Lovisa in June 1948. She returned with him to the U.S. thru Ellis Island, settling in Kennett Square where they owned their own mushroom farm. She dedicated herself to caring for her husband,,raising two daughters, and helping with her grandsons. She was a great Italian cook, especially her pasta with pesto and meat raviolis were the best. They celebrated 54 years of marriage before Luigi passed in 2002.

A reserved, quiet person, she believed in a life of moderation. The key to a happy life, she said, is to live in the moment, not thinking of the past, and not worrying about the future.

She will be forever missed by her loving daughters, Wilma Illgas and Irene Lovisa-Pucci, and by her cherished grandsons, Michael and Joseph Illgas. She was pre-deceased by her siblings; Biagio, Caterina (Francescon), Pietro, Ester (Testa), Manlio and Giselda (Pesce)

Her funeral mass will be at 11:00 am Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church,
212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA. followed by burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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Memorial Donations

American Heart Association

P.O. Box 417005
Boston, MA 02241-7005.


Funeral Mass

February 27, 2021 11:00 St. Patrick Catholic Church,
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA.


February 27, 2021 St. Patrick's Cemetery
N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Dear Wilma and Irene,

    We are so sorry to hear of your dear mother’s passing. We know the feeling of loss that you and your sister experience. She led a long and amazing life!!! May she be at peace. Our deepest sympathy. Gene and Lydia Markiw and Family

    Gene and Lydia Markiw | April 9, 2021 at 9:06 AM
  2. Dear Wilma and Irene,
    Jim and I were so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a sweet, caring woman and we know that she will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Linda and Jim Owens

    Linda Owens | March 11, 2021 at 10:44 PM
  3. Dear Wilma and Irene,
    I am so, so sorry to hear about your Mom. It was always a pleasure to see all of you in Kennett Square when we were young and visited. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Diane (Bernardon) Holmes

    Diane Holmes | March 9, 2021 at 2:40 PM
  4. I was saddened to hear that Margherita had passed. Only getting to meet and visit with her these last few years, I will remember her as a kind and gentle women sitting at the kitchen window, sun shining in, and always a warm inviting smile on her face.
    Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship, Patty

    Patty Slezak | February 27, 2021 at 3:12 PM
  5. Dear Wilma, Irene & boys, Chubby & I are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful & sweet person. You were so fortunate to have her for so long. God bless you & your family for taking such good care of her. May she rest in peace.

    Love, Chubby & Eileen

    Eileen & Pete Dinon | February 27, 2021 at 2:50 PM
  6. Dear Aunt Wilma and the boys.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and your grandmother. She had a beautiful life. Rest in peace. Sending prayers your way. My sincere condolences to all of you.

    Love Leah, Hunter and Zack

    Leah Shaya | February 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM
  7. Wilma and Irene, I was so sorry to here of your mother’s passing. She was such a kind and gentle soul. I fondly remember the visits to Kennet with my mom, dad and sisters. We shared many happy moments together with your family.
    Please know that Frank and I are keeping you in our prayers knowing that Margherita is safe at home in the arms of our Lord.
    God Bless, Joyce and Frank DelBorrello

    Joyce DelBorrello | February 26, 2021 at 12:36 PM
  8. I was so sad to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was so fortunate to have two lovely daughters who cared for her. I remember looking forward to her visits and I hope your family will be able to look back at the many years of good fortune she brought.
    I am truly blessed for having known your Mother, and you and your family for as long.

    With affection,
    Richard Ram

    Richard Ram | February 26, 2021 at 8:36 AM
  9. Dear Wilma, Irene, Mike and Joe
    I was so very sorry to hear of your Mother’s/ Grandmother’s passing. She was a very special person. Anytime I was in her company I always felt that she really cared. She made all feel welcome in her home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love to you all.


    Carol Wolf | February 25, 2021 at 4:21 PM
  10. Dear Wilma and Irene, my sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your mother. I know the feeling of loss you are experiencing. Praying for you.

    Barbara Hickman Carozzo | February 25, 2021 at 4:07 PM
  11. Dear Aunt Wilma, Michael, Joe and Irene,
    We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Zia Lovisa. She was such a sweet and gracious woman, and we always enjoyed sharing our Italian heritage stories during the infrequent times we could visit. We send prayers for God’s grace of comfort for you all. What an amazing life she lived. It was a blessing for us to have known her.
    Love, Patrice, Nick and The Boys

    Patrice Addeo | February 25, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  12. Dear Wilma and Irene, so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She lived a beautiful life. May she rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | February 25, 2021 at 10:23 AM
  13. Irene, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending prayers and hugs at this time of need. God Bless! Love, Donna

    Donna Marie Grasso | February 25, 2021 at 9:21 AM
  14. Though I did mmmmm did not have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Lovisa, I did know her sister Caterina who I knew as “Zia.” I also grew up knowing Francie and Don Lovisa. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother led an amazing life and clearly passed on a great deal of good advice. May she be at peace and reunited with her loved ones in God’s Kingdom. I pray for all of you to find peace in your memories of her. My sincere condolences to all of you.

    Christopher Carozzo | February 24, 2021 at 10:52 PM

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