September 28, 1940 - May 8, 2022
Antoinette "Nan" A. (Derminio) Acquaviva transitioned into her Eternal Life on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022. Born in Utica, New York on September 28, 1940, Nan was the daughter of the late Frank and Frances Derminio. She was raised and educated locally, and attended Proctor High School. On August 26, 1961, Nan was united in marriage with the late Frank Acquaviva Sr., and out of their union were born five beautiful children, whom she deeply cherished. As the family grew, Nan developed a special relationship with her daughters-in-law and son-in-law, and always loved them as if they were her own. An avid New York Yankee fan, Nan never missed a game and loved watching them with her sons and brother, Ernie. A woman of tradition, Nan was a fantastic Italian cook who loved making her family their favorite foods, especially during the holidays. In her younger years, you could always look forward to the annual New Year’s Eve parties that lasted all night long at the Acquaviva house. Nan was a proud, stay-at-home mom for many years, until her youngest son was school age. From that time forward, Nan worked for various law firms as a legal secretary until her retirement in 1995. Witty, intelligent, feisty, and full of faith, Nan carried a unique beauty and charm with her all the days of her life. Along with spending time with her family, Nan enjoyed playing cards and visiting with her two dear friends, Diane and Louise, reading, watching Hallmark Movies with her granddaughter, Allison, and keeping her mind active through crossword puzzles, word searches, and puzzle sets. Nan adored all animals but especially loved all of her feline companions that she had over the years. Carrying on her legacy are her loving sons and their spouses: Frank Jr., and Melissa (Zurakowski) Acquaviva, Anthony Acquaviva and Michael Babineaux, Michael and Amy (Bevan) Acquaviva, and David Acquaviva. Also surviving are her 14 grandchildren whom she adored: Kevin and Nikki Lowman, Daniel Lowman, Patrick Lowman, Allison Acquaviva, Calvin and Mason Babineaux-Acquaviva, Jessica and Sam Crowning, Michael Acquaviva, Kristen, and Eric Doherty, TJ Hanrahan, Jack Acquaviva, Mariana Acquaviva and fiancé, Jesse Pinney, Matthew Acquaviva and Frankie Acquaviva, as well as 8 precious great-grandchildren. Nan is survived by her sister, Sandra, and her husband, Jeff Reilly; and her brother, Ernie Derminio, as well as several nieces and nephews. Nan was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Regina (Acquaviva) Lowman, whose memory was a keepsake that she carried in her heart, and also her sister, Barbara Gigliotti. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will commence immediately following visitation at 6 p.m. Inurnment of ashes will be at Holy Trinity Mausoleum in August. Special thanks and appreciation to Ernie Derminio who provided exceptional care to his sister over the past year. Nan also held a special place in her heart for Bill (Willie) Lowman, Edna (Quatroche) Acquaviva, and Melissa (Elefante) Acquaviva. In lieu of flowers or mass cards, the family asks to please consider contributions to the organizations that Nan loved and supported the most: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Purrs and Whiskers (located in New Hartford, NY - 315-404-2694), Helping Animals Live Organization (located at 615 Albany Street, Little Falls, NY 13365), or CPV Rescue and Sanctuary (located at 86 Meadow Street, Suite #2, Clinton, NY 13323). Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Rest in Peace Mom and give Gina a hug from all of us.
Antoinette "Nan" A. (Derminio) Acquaviva transitioned into her Eternal Life on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022. Born in Utica, New York on September 28, 1940, Nan was the daughter of the late Frank and Frances Derminio. She was raised... View Obituary & Service Information
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