Ermelina Nini Procaccini (1942 - 2014)

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HOLYOKE - Ermelina Nini Procaccini, 93, passed away in peace Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Senior Center of Loomis House in Holyoke.

Ermelina was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, the second of four children, to Biagio Nini and Gabriella Procaccini.

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, New Jersey, 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 ever-quick 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, and Francesca, Brennan and Devon; and 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 will be Friday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton. Funeral services will begin Saturday, July 19, at 8:45 a.m. from Mather Hodge Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 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. The Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton was entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 16, 2014