MUSCATINE, Iowa - Nina A. Montagna, 93, of Muscatine, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at her home.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Chaplain Jon Yarian of Genesis Hospice will officiate. Honorary bearers will be Harold Woods, Johnny Montagna, Robert Montagna, Kim Kneese, and Marcus Montagna Jr. Casket bearers will be Gary Montagna, Chad Montagna, Dale Montagna, Chauncey Montagna, Blaze Maas, and Lance Kneese. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the funeral home.
Nina was born on January 5, 1926, in Muscatine, the daughter of Menzo and Ruth Painter Grady. She married Marcus Montagna Sr. on July 14, 1957, in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 16, 1999.
She had worked for Fiddlestick's Dairy Freeze, Cohn's 10 cent Store, Schmarje Tool Company, and at the Muscatine County Sheriff's Department.
She was a member of the Moose Lodge. Nina enjoyed camping, sitting outside in her yard and on her swing, riding in her son's semis, and going to the casino. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
Those left to honor her memory include her sons, Kim Kneese of Muscatine, Marcus Montagna Jr. and wife, Diana, of West Liberty, Robert Montagna and Gary Montagna, both of Muscatine, and Johnny Montagna of Tipton; her daughters, Gloria Schmelzer and husband, Jerry of Arkansas, and Robin Leaf and husband, Scott, of Muscatine; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Gale McIntosh; and her siblings, Verle, Ty, Rita, Jim, and Calvin.
"Nina is at peace now and watching over het children . Johnny and Robin took good care of her in her final days. Nina love camping with Johnny and I got to meet her while camping what a happy lady she was a mother we would be proud of, very friendly. May that light shine bright, Amen."
"My condolences to the family. What a long beautiful life Nina lived. It was wonderful that your family gathered around her in her final days. Another gift Nina received in her life was a friendship that grew into a mother / daughter relationship with Sheri Steiner. Her dedication, love and unselfish care came from her heart. I'm certain Nina was very at peace with this kindred soul who was with her till her final day. May Nina be at peace and that perpetual light shine upon her. Amen "