Trigiani, Ida

BIG STONE GAP, Va. Ida Bonicelli Trigiani died peacefully on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 10:35 a.m., in her home in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Ida was born in Chisholm, Minnesota, to Italian immigrants Lucia (Spada) and Carlo A. Bonicelli. A devout Roman Catholic, she grew up on the Iron Range of Minnesota, in a loving family. Ida remained close to her family in Schilpario and Bergamo, Italy until her death. Ida graduated from the College of Saint Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.S. in Library Science. As a young Librarian, she was hired by the University of Notre Dame where she created the architecture library under Professor Frank Montana. In 1963, she served on the advisory committee for the design of the Hesburgh Library that overlooks the football stadium. She was honored in 1999 at the University for her work as the first Librarian of the school of architecture and for her contribution to its accreditation. Ida met her husband, Anthony J. Trigiani, at Notre Dame in 1953. They were married in the Lady Chapel in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus on October 29, 1956. Ten years later, Anthony and Ida moved their young family to Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She was active in her church, she taught catechism at Sacred Heart Church Big Stone Gap and Saint Anthony’s Church in Norton. Passionate about music and the arts, she was a member of the committee that brought The Community Concert Series to Wise County. She sang with the Community Chorus and was a lifelong member, former officer and certified state judge in the Dogwood Garden Club. Ida was awarded the National Garden Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010. She was installed in the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015. She is survived by her seven children, Mary Yolanda, Lucia Anna, Adriana (husband Timothy), Antonia, Michael (wife Brandy), Carlo (wife Tina) and Francesca (husband Thomas); and seven grandchildren, Anna Christina, Matthew Calnan II, Mary Alessandra and Anthony Joseph Noone, Luca Andrea and Ella Marie Trigiani and Lucia Bonicelli Stephenson. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony; her parents; brother, Orlando (Geraldine); twin sister, Irma (the Honorable Michael F. Godfrey); uncle, Monsignor Don Andrea Spada; and nephews, Donald Bonicelli and Paul Godfrey. Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Anthony’s Church also in Norton. She will be interred with her husband in Our Lady of Mount Carmel New Cemetery, Roseto, Pennsylvania. If you wish, please remember Ida to the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation (, The Origin Project c/o Nancy Fisher, Executive Director, 2121 Vallejo Street, SF, CA 94123 and The Little Sisters of the Poor at
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