Lived a long, beautiful, and blessed life Nancy Somma (nee Parisi), passed away on September 12, 2021 at 98 years old, in Warren Hills Rehabilitation Center after 6 months of declining health. She was born in Staten Island, NY, in the family home on St. Marks Place in St. George. She graduated P.S. 16 and then Curtis High School in 1941. She always remembered being good friends with Bobby Thompson in high school. During the war, she worked at the Bayonne Navy Base, and afterwards at General Electric, National Carloading, and Hartford Insurance Company. Nancy met her future husband, Vincent (Jimmy) Somma, of 60 years at a dance club after being introduced by her husband's niece, Marie Carlino, who she worked with. They met on April 1, 1950 and were married that September. It was love at first sight. They honeymooned in Miami at the Vanderbilt Hotel, and loved Florida so much that they decided to live there. They stayed until she became pregnant with their first son, Vincent Jr., got homesick, and moved back to Staten Island. They moved to her brother Joe's home on Chestnut Avenue in April of 1951 and continued living there until her son went to Kindergarten. They then moved back to the family home on St. Marks Place which she shared with her sister Connie. By that time she also had her second son, Thomas. While her boys were in school, she served 4 terms as the PTA treasurer of P.S. 16. After her sons grew older, she worked as a school aide at P.S. 16 for 25 years before retiring. Nancy and Jimmy then attended the Forever Young Senior Center where they made many lifelong friends. She was the treasurer there for 4 years and then Vice President. They also attended the Assumption Senior Center, then later on after a move to North Carolina with her boys, the Warren County Senior Center. Nancy really enjoyed going to Atlantic City and loved taking care of her grandchildren while also having the family over weekly for a delicious Italian dinner. Nancy was the youngest child of 8, of Antonio and Vittoria (Salzarulo) Parisi. She was predeceased by her brothers, Jimmy (Sally), Joseph (Edna), Phil (Mary), Danny (Inez), and Lou (Madeline), and her sisters, Connie (John) Rosata, and Mary (Bobo) Orlando. Also of course her loving husband Jimmy, who passed away in 2010 before her move to North Carolina, and her wonderful daughter-in-law Susan (Vincent Jr.). Nancy is survived by her 2 sons, Vincent Jr. and Thomas, and his wife Kathy. Also her 6 grandchildren, Vincent III (Laurin), Joseph (Loren), Christina (Fernando), Thomas (Kia), Sal (Megan), and Genine (Matt), and 7 great grandchildren, Tyler, Mia, Travis, Patrick, Jade, Liam, and Makaylee. Nancy's wake will be held at Casey Funeral Home, 350 Slosson Avenue, on Friday, 9/17/21, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Funeral will take place on Saturday, 9/18/21, visits begin at 9am with Mass to follow at 10am at Casey Funeral Home. Burial will proceed at the conclusion of the Mass, at the Somma family plot in Moravian Cemetery, 2205 Richmond Avenue. Nancy lived a long, beautiful, and blessed life. She is loved by so many and will truly be missed.
Published by Staten Island Advance from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.