Serafina McConnell Pic1, age 85, passed away April 23, 2015 at Saint Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She was a lifelong resident of Ely, Nevada.

Serafina was born on June 1, 1929 in Bitritto, Italy.  She was the daughter of Crescenzio and Domenica Piepoli.

She was a widow of Michele Laforges and Thomas McConnell.

She is survived by her family in Torino, Italy, her daughter Caterina Laforges Birch and son-in-law Manuel J. Birch of Scottsdale, Arizona; her sons Antonio Laforges of Reno, Nevada and Crescenzo Laforges of Las Vegas, Nevada.  She has four grandchildren:  Tiffany Birch Thompson, Braden Birch, Amber Laforges and Kristen Laforges.  She has three great-grand children:  Raace Birch Thompson, Caleb Birch and Trevan Birch.

Services are scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  A Rosary will be held at Mountain Vista Chapel on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 900 E. 11th Street, Ely, Nevada 89301.

Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery.

God Bless our loving Mother and Nonna.

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