Sue Louise Viola
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April 20, 1911 – April 14, 2013
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, "Nonie" passed away peacefully in her home, just shy of her 102nd birthday. Sue was born to Alfredo and Marietta Fanucchi in Los Angeles, California. Sue was the sole surviving sibling to her brothers Joe and Fred and to her sisters Phyllis and Emma. Sue graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Los Angeles, California before ultimately meeting and marrying her husband, John Viola, who predeceased her in 1970. Sue was a doting and loyal mother to her son, Thomas Viola (Carole), and to her daughter, Marietta Caetani (Roberto), who predeceased her. Affectionately called "Nonie" by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she had a passion for her family including her grandchildren: Maria Finnegan, John Viola, Susie Develle, Chris Viola, Michael Viola, Francesca Grisafi (nee Caetani), Joe Viola, Gianluca Caetani and Robert Viola; and their spouses: Michael Finnegan, Robert Develle, Sandy Viola, Jennifer Viola, Andrea Grisafi, Emily Viola and Marisa Viola. Nonie was especially proud of her 18 great grandchildren, each of whom held a special place in her heart: Kevin, Brendan, Brian and Caroline Finnegan; Catherine, Thomas and Andrew Viola; Ryan, Scott, Emily and Matthew Develle; Jack and Lauren Viola; William and Benjamin Viola; Leonardo Grisafi; Nicholas Viola; and Katie Viola. In addition to spending time with her family, Nonie enjoyed the company of her many friends. Nonie's favorite hobby was spending time in her kitchen cooking for family and friends for any and all occasions. In addition, she enjoyed reading, traveling and most of all, spending summers in Beacon Bay. Nonie had an infectious love of life, a beautiful smile, a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh – each of which left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew her. The Viola and Caetani families would especially like to thank Nonie's caregiver over the past three and a half years, Mercedes Pearson, whose care and compassion comforted Nonie in many ways. Nonie…you were admired by those you met, loved by those you knew and will be greatly missed by all. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Nonie's life will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nonie's favorite charity,
at www.stjude.org/donate or (800) 822-6344.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 18, 2013