Nicola Cannavo, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, surrounded by the family he loved. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 15, at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Friends may call from
3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Nicola was born in Termini Imerese, Sicily, on July 3, 1933, the son of Francesco (Concetta) Cannavo. His mother passed when he was young. Nicola helped support the family, setting the foundation for his work ethic. Nicola married Maria (Cirino) Cannavo on July 1, 1953, and they began their life together in Sicily. Nicola and Maria eventually made their way from Sicily to Connecticut, where he started his family, working two jobs to make ends meet. Eventually they moved to Dubuque, where Nicola began work in a successful family-owned restaurant. He was part owner of Marco's Italian restaurant, alongside his brothers, sister and brother-in-law for 35 years. Nicola also loved to travel. Next to his family, his favorite thing in the world was the beach. He enjoyed laughing as he was known to be a jokester, and loved to tell stories. Nicola would never cook at home as he cooked all day at the restaurant, but he would always provide Maria his opinions at home for her cooking, all in good fun of course. Nothing was more important than family to Nicola and he was the rock that held it together. We will miss his smile, laughter and wisdom.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Cannavo of Dubuque; his three children, Francesco (Tammy) Cannavo of Marion, and their children, Angela (Tony), Nicolas and Patricia; Leonardo (Theresa) Cannavo of Blue Grass, and their children, Vincenzo, and Elizabeth; and Lisa (Robert) Gassman of Dubuque, and their children, Noah and Natalie; two sisters, Rosetta Cannavo and Carmelina Giunta; one brother, Carmelo (Tanina) Cannavo; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Josie (Gino) Sileci, Frank Cirino, Philip (Nicolina) Cirino, Carmela Cirino and Giacomina Cannavo.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lina Saldi; a brother, Giuseppe Cannavo; sister-in-law, Rosa Zanca; brothers-in-law, Andrew Cirino, Louie Cirino and Marco Giunta; niece, Patricia Cannavo; and two nephews, Lenny Cirino and Lee Cirino.
A Nicola Cannavo memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the Luther Manor Memory Care staff for their above and beyond care and compassion shown to Nicola and the family.