MIDDLETOWN, CT — Pia Marie D’Aiello, formerly Deborah Ann Wall Wilcox, passed away on August 7, 2021 at 71 years old. Pia was born in Saratoga Springs on February 27, 1950. She was a resident of Connecticut Valley Hospital when she passed, where she had been a patient since June 1990.
Pia graduated from St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School in Greenwich Village followed by graduating from The High School of Music and Arts also in New York City. She then went to and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs with a BFA in Fine Arts in 1975. Pia was a prolific artist who worked in multiple mediums but is best known for her tremendous oil painting and her sensitive and delicate watercolors.
While growing up in NYC she resided with her mother, Gloria, also an artist and art teacher, and her two brothers Edward and Peter in Westbeth Artist Housing, the first federally funded artist housing of its kind. While living in Manhattan she created a successful Papier-mâché hat doll business that resulted in her having a whole window display in Bonwit Teller on 5th Avenue. The most recent showing of her art was in a tri-generational art show at Madison Art Cinemas with her mother, Gloria and daughter, Abigail, also an artist. During her life Pia had the opportunity to travel to Haiti, Paris, Southern France and Spain. She was married to Robert C. Wilcox for a time.
Pia is pre-deceased by her brother Peter J. Wall and is survived by her mother, Gloria D’Aiello Wehle, her brother Edward J. Wall and her daughter, Abigail Deborah Wilcox as well as her extended family in Saratoga Springs and the tri-state area. There will be a memorial service at Connecticut Valley Hospital in September. One of Pia’s paintings is being gifted to the hospital. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com