Vinzina ‘Virginia’ M. Santone

CHAMPION – Vinzina “Virginia” M. Santone, 96, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.

She was born Nov. 14, 1917, in Leavittsburg, the daughter of Michael and Maria (Vacca) Paul. Virginia was a graduate of Leavittsburg High School.

She was an active member of St. William Church, where she volunteered for 30 years in various activities, and also with Mobile Meals.

Virginia was full of life and energy, and well into her 80s she was still playing golf, bowling and cutting her lawn. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking, socializing with family and friends, and baking all of her fabulous cookies.

Her husband, Ewalt A. Santone, whom she married Oct. 21, 1939, died July 18, 1983.

She is survived by her two daughters, Maria Carson and Florence Prokop, both of Howland; four grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Prokop of Hartford, Ewalt (Gail) Prokop of Kentucky, David (Laura) Prokop of Howland and Robert (Gina) Carson of Cortland; five great-grandchildren, Jonna Carson, Taylor Carson, Kelly Prokop and twins Jacob and Alex Prokop; a brother, Nicholas Paul of Niles; and many nephews and nieces.

Besides her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Ted Prokop and Harvey Carson; a brother, Joseph Paul; and three sisters, Jenny Ciferno, Margaret Fincham and Helen Robinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with Father Bernard Schmalzried officiating, preceded by a 9:20 a.m. prayer service held at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road N.E.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 to 9:20 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery, Bazetta.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Carson and Prokop family.