Toni was born Antoinette Marie Marengon on January 27, 1920 in Export, PA. She was the first of four daughters of Ippolito and Anna Pantalone Marengon. A lifelong resident of Delmont and Greensburg, PA, she died in Roxbury on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Toni graduated from Franklin High School in 1938 and then went to work for the Department of the Navy during World War II. After the war she worked for the Pennsylvania Highway Department and subsequently for the Democratic Party of Westmoreland County.
In that capacity, in 1960 she worked tirelessly for the election of President John F. Kennedy. She attended Kennedy’s inauguration in Washington D.C. in January 1961 with her nine-year-old son, Joey. The all night train ride from Greensburg through blinding snow and the momentous events that followed left a lasting impression on an impressionable young man and stirred in him an abiding interest in politics and history.
An important part of Toni’s legacy is in the form of an historical and political novel he wrote, “Machiavelli,” which would never have seen the light of day if not for her love and inspiration.
Toni ended her career with nearly 20 years at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Greensburg, PA. She retired in 1985 and lived in Greensburg until she moved to New York to be looked after by her son and daughter-in-law, Lynne LeBrasseur.
In addition to her parents, Toni was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly in 1998. She is survived by a son, Joe of Roxbury; a daughter, Rebecca Neuwirth of Middlebury, VT; three granddaughters, Rachel Alexander of Lexington, MA, Heather Neuwirth of Middlebury, VT, and Ursula Neuwirth of Boston, MA; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Alexander, and two sisters, Grace Marengon and Gloria Breen, both of Phoenix, AZ.
Relatives and friends celebrated the life of Toni at the Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home, Inc. in Greensburg, PA on Monday, April 1. Prayers were held in the funeral home on Tuesday, April 2, followed by a mass at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, PA.
Toni’s family entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home in Greensburg, PA. To share your memories and photos or offer condolences, please visit www.pantalone.com.
Local funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.