Ermelina Procaccini

Obituary of Ermelina Procaccini

HOLYOKE-Ermelina Nini Procaccini, 93, passed away in peace on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Senior Center of Loomis House in Holyoke, Mass. Ermelina was born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, February 1, 1921, the second of four children, to Biagio Nini and Gabriella Procaccini. On May 25, 1942, she married her devoted and venerated husband, Angelo Procaccini, with whom she spent 59 glorious years until his death in 2001. Together with her husband and their two children, Alfonso and Italo, she immigrated to the United States in 1955, taking residence at Kinston, N.J. where she lived until 2006, when she moved to Holyoke to be close to family. Throughout the years, she returned to Italy on numerous occasions to visit relatives and enjoy the beauty and the art of her mother country to which she always felt so attached. A small woman of unbound energy and unlimited love, courage and faith, Ermelina was the consummate wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was to give totally of herself to her entire family and friends. Known for her simple, yet exquisite cuisine, she particularly cherished any occasion when she could host and serve everyone around her table. Her homemade pasta and sauces, her stuffed focaccia with swisschard, and cotolette alla milanese were simply unmatched! In addition to her work as a meticulous housekeeper, Ermelina also enjoyed sewing, reading Italian literature, and listening to Italian opera. More than anything, Ermelina basked in recounting tales from her small hometown of Pettoranello, always coloring and imbuing the stories with her playfully ironic humor and everquick wit. Ermelina leaves her two sons, Alfonso and his wife, Ariane, and Italo, whose dear wife, Helene, passed away only two weeks prior; her five grandchildren, Piero, Pia and her husband Stan, Francesca, Brennan and Devon; two great grandchildren, Eliza and Brayden. She also leaves her dearest and ever beloved sister, Dora Celli, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton will be Friday, July 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will begin Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 from Mather Hodge Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to the Loomis House, 298 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040.
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