Antoinette E. West, 95, of Port Orange, Florida died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Medical Center of Port Orange. She was born June 4, 1918 in Beacon, New York, the daughter of Paul and Luisa Cavaccini. She worked in insurance and energy companies as an executive secretary. After meeting James A. West on a blind date in Florida during World War II, they wedded a month later and enjoyed 66 years of marriage, until Jim's death in 2012. He said she was too short for such a long name and gave her the nickname "Toni." As the wife of a petroleum engineer, she followed Jim to "oil patches" in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. She was proud of her Italian heritage, having visited her relatives in the Naples area numerous times and generously prepared and shared her Neapolitan recipes and traditions. A staunch supporter of the U.S. military deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Toni sewed memorial quilt squares and over a thousand Christmas stockings, for which she received recognition by the U.S. Army. Toni enjoyed the family Shelties, travel, sewing, crochet, china paintingand sweets. Above all, "Noni" was devoted to her family. She is survived by her daughter, Jean M. West, of Port Orange, FL and granddaughter, Jennifer M. Mueller, of Gainesville, FL. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach, FL, 32114. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Drive, Fort Myer, VA 22211. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/, the USO at http://www.uso.org/, or the
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 8, 2013