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Antonina "Nina” (Sferrazza) Viola, peacefully left this world on October 31, 2005 in Enfield. In her last days, Nina remained energetic, clear of mind, and generous of spirit. She spent those days surrounded by her family. She had expressed gratitude for her long life and for all of her loving family members and friends.
Nina is survived by her five beloved children: daughter, Josephine Etkin & her husband, Lloyd of Enfield; daughter, Mary Marion of Enfield; son, James Viola & his wife, Gail of Enfield; daughter, Sylvia Yeargers & her husband, Glenn of Suffield; and son, Joseph Viola of Wethersfield. Nina also leaves her loving brother, Charles Sferrazza and sister, Anna Fiore both of Enfield; her nine beloved grandchildren; Vincent Scicolone, Lisa Etkin, Lynne Turin, Joe & Paul Marion, Jim, Gianna, & Stephen Viola and Nichelle Yeargers Liquori, along with several great and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends including Mary Falzone and cousin; Lil Gaetani. Nina was predeceased by her husband, Stefano Viola, her sister, Pauline Pillitteri and her brothers, Rosario and Angelo Sferrazza. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Parkway Pavilion for the devoted care and kindness they provided to Nina.
Nina was born in Enfield on June 11, 1908 and spent her childhood in Naro Sicily before returning to Enfield during her teenage years where she resided most of her life. She witnessed many changes in the world around her throughout her near century life and she courageously saw her family through much growth and many challenging as well as happy times. She devoted her energies to fostering family bonds through her strong character, dry wit, unconditional love, and of course her great Italian cooking.
Funeral services in celebration of Nina's life will be held on the Feast of All Souls Day, Wed. Nov. 2, 2005 at 9:30am from Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels 43 Shaker Rd. Enfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in St. Patrick's Church. Interment will take place in St. Patrick's Old Cemetery, in the Thompsonville section of Enfield. Nina's family will receive relatives and friends TODAY from 3 to 8pm at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels.