Willa V. Centanni, age 66, of Grants Pass, died December 11, 2022 at her home with her family her side.
Born in Beaufort, North Carolina, Willa lost both her birth parents Ralph and Margaret Lightfoot at the young age of 7. Willa had 7 siblings, 3 sisters and 4 brothers all of whom were split apart throughout the country landing in foster care, adoption, and orphanages. The Lord showered Willa with his love and grace, bringing Robert and Agnes Schumann into her life, adopting her and bringing her to her new home in Pitman, New Jersey. Willa was lovingly embraced by her new siblings Bobby, Jeanne, Mary, Anna, and Andrew. In 1975 Willa met the love of her life Joseph “Anthony” Centanni and were later married on December, 23rd 1978. This December 23rd would have been their 44th wedding anniversary. They gave birth to two beautiful children Lori in 1983 and Joey “Louis” in 1985.
Willa was a devoted mother and loving wife, working many jobs to support the family. She achieved her Associates degree in Art, which was her greatest passion. She was an incredibly gifted artist, painter, sculptor and she also worked at the Ocean City Arts Center for many years in Ocean City, NJ. She was frugal and extremely generous all at the same time and had a very unique, quick witted, dark sense of humor to which she passed along to her son.
Willa moved to Oregon to help her daughter, a single mother, to raise her newborn son Fin. She always put her family first before herself, never having a bad word to speak of anybody.
She is survived by her husband Joseph Anthony Centanni, her two children Lori Agnes Centanni and Joseph Louis Centanni, her beloved grandson Fin Johnson (8), and her siblings Robert Schumann of Mullica Hill, NJ, Mary Stech of Pitman, NJ, Anna Goetter of Williamstown, NJ, Andrew Schumann of Westville, NJ, Jane Holbrook of North Carolina, Carma Sostre of Chicago, Il, Richard Lightfoot, of North Carolina, and Daniel Lightfoot of North Carolina.
A Service of Memory and Love for Willa will be held Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 12:30pm at The Godfrey funeral Home, 809 Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 11:00am until time of service.
Memorial donations to a cause that Willa loved dearly can be sent to The Masonic Home For Children At Oxford North Carolina's First Home For Children Donate At: ttps://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/mhco