Artina “Grandma Tina” (Zanni) Olivo, 106, yes, 106, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the arms of her loving family and through the gentle hands of her exceptional team of caregivers at Westview Health Care Center in Dayville, CT.
She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on November 28, 1911, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Caterina (Laurenza) Zanni. She was the wife of the late Anthony Olivo. She was predeceased by her siblings Peter, Angelina, Antoinetta (Sabatini), Guido, and Joseph Zanni; and beloved sons-in-law Ross Rogers and Umberto “Al” Colangelo, who promised to hold the door to Heaven open for her.
She is survived by her daughters, Helen Colangelo Freuden of Putnam; and Edith M. Rogers of Palm Coast, Florida; grandchildren Linda Colangelo and Laura Crosetti; Lisa and Marios Evripidou; Paul Colangelo and Colleen Howell; David and Tracey Colangelo; Ross Rogers; Cheryl and John Blair; Debra and Michael Cataldo; and Mark Rogers. She was beloved Great-Grandma-Tina to Stavros Evripidou; Emily, Noah, and Grace Colangelo; Nicolas Colangelo; Shannon and Nicholas Rogers; John Ross Blair and Jessica Riann Blair. She leaves many nieces and nephews.
Tina worked at Universal Optical in Providence, RI, for many years before retiring in 1975. She was also a buyer of ladies fashions at Pinkerson Dress Company in Providence. In the summers, she worked with her husband at their family-owned Olivo’s Beach in Narragansett, RI. She lived in North Providence for many years before making her home with her beloved daughter Helen in Putnam, Connecticut in 2000, where she quickly embraced the spirit of this vibrant community.
She spent an unfathomable 42 years in retirement and literally enjoyed a second lifetime of good health that allowed her to pursue her passions of family, gardening, art, opera, classical music, knitting, crocheting, and traveling. Her cooking was legendary, along with her insistence that family always gather at a table to enjoy her home-cooked meals and each other’s company.
She took great delight in having every birthday since 100 acknowledged by family and friends, and through citations received from the former President of the United States and the Connecticut State Legislature. She was also proud to be a 15-year volunteer with the Northeast District Department of Health, where her health and longevity was featured in numerous public health presentations. Tina was defined by her kindness, care, and grace, and was a remarkable example of a life well-lived and a woman much-loved. She was a true matriarch.
Grandma Tina always said she would live to be 105. Accomplishing this with ease, she took another victory lap. Her astounding run of longevity and good health is credited in large part to the care of her devoted physician, Dr. Joseph Botta, and the outstanding, compassionate team of caregivers at Westview. The family is eternally grateful for their care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Most Holy Trinity Church in Pomfret, CT. Family will greet relatives, caregivers, and friends at the church at 10am, and Mass will begin at 10:30am. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanandValade.com . Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam,
Your legacy of love will be long remembered, Grandma Tina. Semper Famiglia.