On March 31, our beloved mother and grandmother, Barbara June Volpi Cannarozzi of Orlando, Florida, passed away in Golden, Colorado from the complications of dementia. She was loved by all whose lives she touched and will be sorely missed.
Barbara was born on June 11, 1932 to Ernest Volpi and Iva Liverman Volpi in Riverside, California. Barbara graduated from Riverside High School. She remained in contact with her close high school friends, known as the Jebbracats, until their deaths. After graduating from high school, Barbara worked as a bank teller at Bank of America in San Francisco, CA.
She met Michael Cannarozzi who was stationed at March AFB in Riverside, CA, and they were married in October 1961. In their early years of marriage, they moved frequently as Mike was assigned service at various Air Force bases. In 1963, they had daughter Maria Louise Cannarozzi at Schilling AFB in Salina, Kansas, followed in 1967 by daughter Gina Michelle Cannarozzi at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. In 1970, they settled in the Conway area of Orlando, Florida, where Barbara lived most of her adult life. During this time she had very close relationships with her sisters-in-law Jean Harris and Rita LoPresti of Satellite Beach, Florida, and their families.
She worked for many years for Orange County Public Schools, at Rock Lake Middle School, Liberty Middle Schools. and William R. Boone High School. She work as an administrative assistant - first for Boone Community School (adult education program) and then for the high school guidance department, and later as a bookeeper. As with every other place she went to, she made many lifelong friends during these years.
After Mike’s death in 1998, Barbara spent her time with her family in Tampa, Florida, and the Space Coast, and traveled often to Switzerland to visit her family there. Her lifelong interests included playing tennis, sewing and bridge, gardening, bowling, traveling, and going to the cinema. She also loved her many many (many) cats and her only dog, Baron the schnauzer.
Barbara was a dedicated mother, and her family always came first. The loss of Barbara leaves a hole that cannot be filled. She will be remembered for her unconditional love and as a person who had a song for every occasion.
She was predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Cannarozzi, and her siblings Richard Volpi, Donald Volpi, and Anita Volpi. She is survived by her two daughters Maria Louise Cannarozzi of Arvada, Colorado and Gina Cannarozzi Bossard of Zurich, Switzerland, their partners Gregg Johnson and Martin Bossard, and her grandchildren, Anna Michelle Johnson, Svenja Michelle Bossard, Michael Forrest Johnson, Samuel Clemens Bossard, and Adam Nicholas Johnson.
A memorial service will be held on April 16, 2022 at 11:00 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church chapel, located at 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barbara’s name to the Hospice that made the end of her life so much more comfortable: Compassionate Hospice Care, 11935 Quay Street, Broomfield, CO 80020.