Dolores (Dee) F. LoCascio, 78, of Cape Coral, formerly of Prospect, Conn., entered into her eternal rest Aug. 26, 2013. She was born May 6, 1935, to Anthony and Zulmira Figueredo in Waterbury, Conn.
She grew up with her sister and best friend, Aldora, in the small town of Prospect. She graduated high school in three years in order to move with her family to Sao Paolo, Brazil, where her father joined his brother in a business venture. Homesick after 18 months, the family moved back to Connecticut on a voyage that took them back to the U.S. by way of Africa, Spain, the Azores, Portugal and Canada. She and her family set up residence in Waterbury, Conn., and lived through "The Flood of 55." A short time later "Dee" went out on her own to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she honed her artistic talents and where she met the love of her life, Joseph LoCascio, who she married Aug. 31, 1957.
After starting a family in Pittsburgh, Mrs. LoCascio, her husband and their two young children came back to Prospect in 1961 where they would raise their expanding family. She had a variety of talents and applied the business skills she learned from her father as a real estate agent, local radio commentator, cosmetics agent and former owner of LoCascio Liquors in Towne Plaza in Prospect, a building complex built and passed on to her and her sister by their father in 1977. Semi-retired in 1989, Dee, Joe and her youngest son, Peter moved to Cape Coral. Able to pursue her passion for art, she and Joe began ArtSmart Studios where she shared her gift of art with many talented students and friends. The experience allowed her to perfect her own craft and produce some of the best work of her life. She created an eclectic body of work exhibiting her oil paintings primarily in Southwest Florida and on her site www.arttrendsusa.com. She was a frequent contributor to the art for ACT campaign which benefited the victims of domestic violence in Fort Myers. She was a member of the National Portrait Society of America and the Cape Coral Art League.
Dolores (Dee) F. LoCascio
She will be loved and missed by all that knew her for her sense of humor, her guiding hand and her immense talent.
Predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Joseph P. LoCascio, she leaves behind a daughter and three sons: Lauren Lungarini, her husband, Robert, and their children, Bryan and Sarina of Wethersfield, Conn.; David LoCascio, his wife, Carolyn, and their children, Sebastian and Dominic of Monroe, Conn.; Peter LoCascio of Cape Coral; Paul LoCascio, his wife, Danielle, and their children, Dante and Ariana of Southington , Conn., a sister, Aldora Macary of Cape Coral; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m., at Wine and Roses Italian Restaurant, 1404 Cape Coral Parkway, E., Cape Coral. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.