Antonietta Milano was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed peacefully on Holy Trinity Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at the age of 88, surrounded by her family. She was born in Salerno, Italy in 1932 and immigrated to the United States with her husband and young son in 1954. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-eight years, Luigi Milano. She is survived by her children, Gaetano Milano, Lio (Merry) Milano, Anna (Jeff) Becker, and Cristina (Patrick) Min. She leaves behind nine loving grandchildren, Diana (Anthony) Aniello, Gaetano Jr.(Melissa) Milano, Jessie (Ryan) Martell, Nicolette Milano, Nicolo Billingsley, Alexandria (Addy) Alamed, Aubrey-Grace, Gabriel and Anna Min and eight wonderful great-grandchildren. Antonietta was a lifelong friend to many in Massachusetts, Florida and Tennessee. For many years, she worked as a seamstress at The Beverly Shop boutique in Longmeadow. She was meticulous and extremely talented in her craft. Being a seamstress also gave her an opportunity to be around people daily which was something that she thrived on. When Antonietta and Luigi retired, they moved to the west coast of Florida. She enjoyed spending time near the water because it reminded her of her childhood in Italy. Antonietta had a passion for cooking and for people. She combined these two and often hosted gatherings for people at her home, especially around the holidays. Rarely did Antonietta prepare a holiday meal for her family without inviting some neighbors or acquaintances for a great Italian feast and the guests always left with containers of leftovers. One of her passions in retirement was playing Mahjong and teaching others the game. This fed her competitive spirit as well as her love of being around others. She lived by the “you’re as young as you feel” mantra and she always seemed years younger than her age. Antonietta never had a driver’s license, but was an early form of GPS for Luigi as he drove. However, she was able to discover newfound freedom when she moved to The Villages retirement community and got behind the wheel of a golf cart. The most important things in Antonietta’s life were her faith and her family. She regularly attended mass, as possible, and when she was unable to do that, she watched mass daily. Antonietta was happiest when surrounded by family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her smile and laugh were contagious. Antonietta will be missed, but she will live on through her family as she passed her sense of humor and love on to all of them. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 5th, 2021 at 10 am at St. Michael’s Church, 128 Maple Street, East Longmeadow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For more information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.ByronKeenan.com
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