Nilda Fantone Christopher

Nilda Fantone Chrisopher, 93, of the Haven Convalescent Home, New Castle, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

Nilda was born in Castel DiSangro, Italy, Abruzze Province, on June 21, 1917 to the late James and Claudia Fantone. She was a longtime member of the Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City, a graduate of Lincoln High School, and a member of the Sons of Columbus.

Nilda worked at the former A&P Supermarket in Ellwood City for over 28 years. She was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. She loved dancing, playing cards, and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel Christopher, who died on August 10, 2000. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Donald A. (and Margaret) Carney of Venice, FL and one daughter, Anita Bookamer of North Sewickley.

Three grandchildren also survive: Mark Osborne of Ellwood City, Leonard Carney of Venice, FL, and Donald (and Kristy) Carney of Wetumpka, AL; as well as six great-grandchildren: Lauren, Kalli, and Kessi Osborne of Ellwood City and Ryan, Brendan, and Tyler Carney of Wetumpka, AL. One sister, Olga Fantone, also survives, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her three brothers: Ferdinando (Fred), Dominic, and Mario Fantone.

Friends will be received from 6-9 P.M. on Sunday, October 31, 2010 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M. on Monday, November 1, 2010 in the Holy Redeemer Parish Church, 415 Fourth Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Nilda’s name, to the Angel Fund at Holy Redeemer Parish, 300 Crescent Avenue, Suite 1, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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