Antoinette Nina Mautone

  • Born: December 18, 1927
  • Died: November 23, 2018
  • Location: Johnson City, New York

Joseph J Smith Funeral Home Inc

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Mahopac, NY 10541

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Antoinette Nina Mautone of Johnson City, NY and formerly of Mahopac, NY passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 at the age of 90.

Nina was known as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a "favorite aunt" to many nieces and nephews. She was also a remarkably resilient person, having fought and defeated breast cancer in her 40s, and having lived with heart disease and declining mobility during her final years. She was proud of her Italian heritage and dedicated to her Catholic faith.

Nina was born in White Plains on Dec. 18, 1927, to Italian immigrant parents. She was the youngest of seven siblings and was one of six sisters. Although Nina grew up during the Great Depression and times were sometimes tough, her childhood included many fond memories, such as taking tap-dancing lessons, exploring the "wilds" of White Plains, and going on vacation trips with her sisters.

Nina graduated high school in 1945, at a time when many of her classmates had left school to fight the war. Nina did her part, too, by taking a secretarial job with the Army Service Forces in New York City. She later found a job closer to home with Eastview Junior High School in White Plains, followed by five years working at an insurance company.

One night in February 1950, she and a couple of friends decided to go to a dance at the Polish Community Center in Yonkers. Nina was hoping she would meet a handsome blond Polish man. Instead, a skinny Italian with glasses asked her to dance. In December of that year, they were married. Nina and her husband, Eugene, lived in Yonkers, surrounded by extended family, during the early years of their marriage, where they had three sons, Eugene, John and Michael. The family then had a home built and moved to Mahopac in 1963 to "live in the country." There, a daughter, Christine, was born a year later.

Nina later became an employee of Guideposts Magazine in Carmel. She worked there for 12 years before retiring. Then, in the 1990s, two special things happened: she became a grandma, and she and her husband fulfilled a lifelong dream by visiting Italy. (They made two trips, in fact — but days before the second trip, Nina tripped and fell, fracturing both her wrists. Undeterred, she made the trip anyway.)

Nina was very proud of her cooking skills, from making the family favorite, pasta with gravy, on Sundays to planning big Italian family celebration dinners (especially Easter) where there would always be more than enough food for everyone. Family get-togethers were a source of joy for Nina and her family, whether it was Christmas in Yonkers or gathering clams at Sherwood Island in Connecticut.

Nina enjoyed music and was particularly fond of Italian and Italian-American singers — ranging from Sinatra to Pavarotti — and Broadway musicals. In her younger days, Nina joined her sisters-in-law in collecting antique glassware, and would later amass an impressive display of miniature shoe figurines. Her family's passion for sports rubbed off on her and she took an interest in the Mets. She spent a number of years as a member of a bowling league, and enjoyed going on trips with the Putnam County seniors group to shows and casinos. Nina took pride in her appearance and always wanted to look her best — even during years of declining health, she made it a priority to have her hair done once a week.

After her husband's death in 1998, Nina continued to live in Mahopac with her son Michael. Her close friendships with next-door neighbor Marie Silvestro and her family and Gloria Streppone brought much joy to her life and later years. Even when she began to suffer health setbacks, she always maintained a sense of humor and optimistic outlook about "getting better" by saying "I am not myself…yet! In 2015, she and Michael moved to Johnson City, NY, to be closer to her other sons. She passed away on Nov. 23 at the age of 90. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 4-7 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10 am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac with entombment to follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, NY.