Viola D. DeLuca, 83, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2002) in University of Maryland Medicine Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, of injuries received in a car crash. Mrs. DeLuca was in Maryland to visit family.
She was born Viola Bellonte in Niagara Falls and graduated from Trott Vocational High School.
In the mid-1940s, Mrs. DeLuca worked at Loblaws Supermarket, Niagara Falls.
She managed the meat department at the Tops Market in LaSalle in the mid-1960s.
Mrs. DeLuca later worked for the Niagara County Board of Elections and was a teacher's aide in the Niagara Falls School District. Her last job, in 1990-91, was at AM&A's department store.
She was the first president of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School PTA.
Mrs. DeLuca was also a member of the Power City Lodge of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, the John A. Duke Senior Citizens Center and the Casa Colombo Socialites, all in Niagara Falls, and the Wheatfield Seniors.
She won several awards for cooking and baking in contests sponsored by the Niagara Gazette. She also was an artist, proficient in oil painting, watercolors and charcoal sketches.
She enjoyed reading and bingo and walked at least two miles a day in shopping malls.
Her husband of 51 years, Vito W., known as Bill, died Nov. 26, 1989, exactly 13 years before Mrs. DeLuca.
Survivors include four daughters, Sandra Kinney of Niagara Falls, Marie Evans of Wheatfield, Viola Bieniecki of Wilson and Eileen Taylor of Burtonsville, Md.; a brother, Joseph Bellonte of Lewiston; a dear friend, Gene Aswad of Niagara Falls; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls, following prayers at 9 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.