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Antonette 'Nina' Antonelli, 1934-2007

Antonette "Nina" Antonelli, 72, of Clarkdale, died May 10. She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Cottonwood.

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Nina was raised in Jerome. Her parents instilled in her their great love of this country, a strong work ethic and a devout faith. Nina graduated from Jerome High School in 1953. She attended class reunions and was a member of the "J" Club, which still meets for lunch monthly.

In 1954, she married Pat Joseph Antonelli, and they moved to Detroit, Mich. There, Pat served as a police officer and Nina was a dedicated wife and mother raising three sons.

In 1977 Nina and Pat retired and returned to the Verde Valley so that they would be nearer to her mother. Nina worked at the Jerome Historic State Park. Her knowledge of Jerome's history and her own Jerome experiences made her a valuable asset to their staff.

Nina was a devout member of the Catholic Church. She received all of the Church's sacraments at the Holy Family Church in Jerome. When she returned to the Verde Valley, Holy Family had been closed, and Nina became a member of St. Cecilia's Mission Church in Clarkdale. She tended to the altar at daily Mass, assisted Father Hurley whenever she could, and sang in the St. Cecilia Choir.

Nina is survived by her husband of 53 years, Pat Joseph Antonelli, her three sons and their wives: Ron (Marion) Antonelli of Prescott; Rick (Anna) Antonelli of Illinois; Ray (Cindy) Antonelli of Arkansas; three step-grandchildren and five great-step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Monday, May 14, at Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 9 a.m., followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. Inurnment will be at All Souls Cemetery.

At Nina's request, please make donations in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 700 Bill Grey Road, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

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