Sept. 9, 1927 - Nov. 8, 2010
Dorothy Elinor Criscola, age 83 years, passed away Nov. 8,
2010, at Regency at The Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. until
after the rosary, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Herring Groseclose
Funeral Home. The rosary begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov.
15, 2010, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home with Father Tim
Hays officiating. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Nov. 16, 2010, at St. Francis Catholic Church, officiated by
Father Pat Kerst and Father Tim Hays. Burial will be in the Catholic section of Mountain View
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla
Walla Catholic Schools Criscola Scholarship Fund, or the charity
of your choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home,
315 W Alder, Walla Walla.
Dorothy was born Sept. 9, 1927, to Louie and Jennie (Ambrosio)
Fazzari in Walla Walla. She attended St. Patrick's grade school and
graduated from St. Vincent's Academy in 1945. While in school,
she worked in her family's Italian/American restaurant, the
On Feb. 2, 1947, she married Virgil Criscola at St.
Francis Catholic Church in Walla Walla. They were married for 63
years. She was a homemaker and with her husband managed the
Criscola Walla Walla Sweet Onion Farm for over 60 years.
Dorothy was dedicated and volunteered her time diligently for
years in the Walla Walla Catholic Schools. She helped establish the
Walla Walla Catholic School Alumni and Friends Association.
She had a talent for crafts and for many years made flower arrangements
for St. Mary's Medical Center gift shop. Her favorite
craft was making angels out of sea shells.
Throughout her life, Dorothy remained active while traveling,
swimming, bowling, sewing, cooking, watching Gonzaga
University basketball games, and going to yard sales.
Dorothy was a member of the American Contract Bridge League.
She had a a passion for playing duplicate bridge and participated
in numerous bridge tournaments attaining the rank of
Silver Life Master.
She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and St. Ann's
Altar Society. Above all, Dorothy was devoted to and extremely
involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Virgil; daughter and son-in-
law, Jeane and Craig Chase, of Walla Walla; daughter, Janet
Criscola-Poua, of Seattle; son, Ken Criscola, of Chehalis; son
and daughter-in-law, Dean and Jennifer Criscola, of Sherwood,
Ore; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandsons; two sisters,
Alice Pontarolo, of Walla Walla and Shirley Beaudry,
of Tampa, Fla.. She was preceded in death by one son,
Ron William Criscola; her parents; one sister, Vivian
Strohl; and two brothers, Frank and Art Fazzari.