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Nancy (Ranalli) LaPorta-DiNardo, 88, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on January 20, 2017 while under the care of Niagara Hospice. Born Annunziata Ranalli on March 1, 1928 in Sulmona, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Anna (Paolilli) Ranalli.
Nancy as she was affectionately known by family and friends immigrated to Niagara Falls at the age of 17 with her family. She was a well-known and talented seamstress by trade, and along with her husband Joseph LaPorta, owned and operated the former Manhattan Cleaners in Niagara Falls. Nancy enjoyed playing bocce in her leisure time and was an award-winning Ballroom Dancer. She was a member of the Womens Cristoforo Colombo Society and ISDA Cataract Lodge in Niagara Falls, and enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida.
Nancy was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph LaPorta; and later, husband Louis DiNardo. She is survived by two children, Joanne (late Gerald Frazier, Sr.) (Joseph) Artymowicz of Niagara Falls and Robert (Debbie) LaPorta of Maryland; three grandchildren, Nicole (Brian Mokhiber) Frazier, Gerald (Candice) Frazier, Jr., Kathleen Artymowicz; four great-grandchildren, Joseph Langer, Lynsey, Nicole and Michael Mokhiber; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also predeceased by one brother, Anthony (Gina of Wheatfield, NY) Ranalli; and was the sister-in-law of Angelo (Joan) LaPorta, late Anna (late John) McDonald, late Carmella (late William) Caprio, late Louise (late Angelo) Incorvia and late Sam (late Marilyn) LaPorta.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3-7 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment will follow in Riverdale Cemetery. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on January 22, 2017
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