NAUGATUCK — Antoinette (Nardello) Talevi, 92, died on Dec. 24, 2012. She left the world as graciously and gently as she lived in it, a beautiful woman full of love, patience, kindness and joy.
Antoinette was born on Oct. 22, 1920, in Naugatuck to James and Vicenza (Jennie) Nardello, the third of six children. She married Frank Talevi in 1940 and had three children, Joyce, David and Lori, all of whom were raised in Naugatuck. Frank and Antoinette were the owners of Talevi’s Furniture in Naugatuck, where Antoinette worked as the store’s buyer and interior designer. Later, the couple owned Avenue Cleaners in Naugatuck and Village Fabric Care in Seymour.
Mrs. Talevi was a communicant of St. Francis Church and then a founding member of St. Vincent Ferrer Church, where she sang in the choir with her four sisters until she was 85. Antoinette was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Christopher Columbo Ladies’ Auxiliary. She travelled extensively, especially to be with her son and his family at Sea-Vu Campgrounds in Wells, Maine.
Antoinette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Her home was warm and welcoming, and she created a sense of peace and happiness wherever she was. Antoinette lives on through her daughter, Lori Talevi Ferreira; her daughter-in-law, Elaine Talevi; her sister, Jane Curina; and, through her grandchildren Thomas Waite, Janna Waite, David Talevi and his wife Molly, Jason Talevi and his wife Lee, and John Ferreira. She also leaves four great-grandchildren Jack, Olivia, Brandon and Eva Frankie Talevi. Her family considers it an honor and a blessing that Antoinette was a part of their lives for so many wonderful years.
Antoinette is predeceased by her husband, Frank Talevi; her daughter, Joyce Talevi; her son, David Talevi, and her grandson, Richard Waite, as well as by her sisters, Evelyn Wolcin, Helene (Sis) Masone, Adele Scholan and her brother, James Nardello. Her family that survives her is comforted that she has so many loving relatives waiting for her in heaven.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. from the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Road, Route 69, Prospect to St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck for a mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday Dec. 28, 2012 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 515 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457.
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