Rola Joyce Schiraldi 75, of Wilmington passed away Monday January 9, 2012 at Davis Health Care.
She was born in Mercer County, WV, the daughter of the late Reverend Fred Clayton and Viola June Thomas Cook.
After leaving Rutgers University she pursued an innovative career in high speed computers, working on programs for NASA for trips to the moon; the thermodynamics of rocket fuel exhaust; high speed railroads for the northeast corridor, and aerodynamics of helicopter flight during upside down maneuvers. Upon retirement, she developed into an outstanding porcelain doll maker and inventor of newly patented products.
Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Doctor Michael, sons Paul and Richard and daughter-in-law Jean Marie, as well as two grandsons Jack and Sam.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday January 12, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakdale cemetery.
The family will see friends from 10 AM until service time in the chapel.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403