Tribute: Viola “Vi” DeTano

November 9, 2016 Obituary

Viola "Vi" DeTano, Sylvania, Ohio - obit

SYLVANIA, Ohio – Viola “Vi” DeTano, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, leaving this life as she prayed she would – peacefully and in her sleep.

She was born on February 8, 1925, in Warren, Ohio and was the daughter of the late Dominic and Rose (Castrucci) Nolfi and wife of the late James “Jim” DeTano, whom she married on November 5, 1955.

After living in Warren and Brookfield, Ohio the majority of her life, she moved to Sylvania, Ohio where she enjoyed many and varied activities that cone along living in close proximity to Lake Erie, Michigan and Canada. She also took great pleasure in weekends at her daughter’s lakefront condo in Vermillion, relaxing on the deck, watching the boats and remarking on the ever-changing patterns of the water.

Vi had a long career as a buyer for the former Strouss Department Store in Warren, Ohio and was fond of sharing stories about her buying trips to New York City. She later worked for Mahoning Sparkle Markets until she retired in 1979.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and the Catholic Daughters of American, St. Mary’s Church.

Vi’s children and grandchildren brought the greatest joy to her life and their love for her was returned tenfold. She is survived by daughters, Susan DeTano of Sylvania, Ohio, Teresa DeTano (Woody Skaggs) of Independence, Kentucky and Tina Detano-Bastock (John) Hudson, Ohio. She is also survived by her three beautiful grandchildren, James DeTano-Hart, Alexandra Bastock and Dominic DeTano.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Frank and Eugene Nolfi and sisters Helen Cardarelli, Madeline Cocuzzi, Mary Cardarelli and Jane Scott.

Private services and internment were held on November 14 at the St. Rose Cemetery Chapel in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, where she again joined her husband of 44 years in the cemetery’s mausoleum.

Memorials can be made to the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, 4848 Dorr St., Toledo, Ohio 43615 or the Children’s Rights Council of Northwest Ohio, 4069 W. Syvania Ave, Toldeo, Ohio 43623.

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A television tribute will air Wednesday, November 16 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.