Nora Lee Calianno

May 5, 1932 - March 2, 2016

Nora passed away peacefully at her home on March 2, 2016 at the age of 83.  Her family and friends spent cherished time with her over the last week.  Nora was born in Detroit, Michigan and has lived in Texas for many years.  She was married to Vito A. Calianno on February 11, 1956.  They were married for 38 years until Vito passed away on May 28, 1994. 

Nora was a giving and caring person for the entirety of her life.  She was the eldest of 9 children and cherished her extended family. Most recently Nora took care of her beloved Aunt Isabel Zipf whom she moved to Texas with.  Nora retired from Ford Motor Company with over 30 years of service. 

Nora enjoyed the arts and was an award winning Doll Artisan.  She also was a talented painter, which she enjoyed later in life.  Her artwork was even shown locally in various art shows.  She loved classical music and it brought her comfort during her illness. 

Nora is survived in life by her children Maria (Carl) Reinelt, Vito A. (Debbie) Calianno II, and Robert Calianno.  She adored her grandchildren Vito Anthony Calianno III, Jessica Reinelt, Vincent Calianno and Andrea Calianno. Nora is also survived by her sisters Nancy, Beverly and Judy and brothers David and Reginald (Doc).  

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Calianno, her husband Vito A. Calianno, her sister Edith (Strobehn) Stanley, her brothers Fred Jr. and Gene Strobehn, her parents Edith (Osborn)Strobehn and Fred Strobehn, and her beloved aunt and uncle, Isabelle(Strobehn) and Ray Zipf.

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Dear Tony, Robert and Maria: I am very sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. She was a lovely lady. As a child your Mom & Dad gave me a lot of treasured memories. I often visit your Dad's grave, saying a prayer for him and making sure it is well kept. God Bless, your cousin Maria.
Maria Cadden, March 29, 2016 Nora was one of the sweetest women I've had the opportunity to know. I was her former home therapist and spent a lot of time getting to know her. She was special to me and I am praying for the family during this time. I'm grateful to have known such a beautiful woman!
Meagan M., March 5, 2016 Nora was one of my most beloved friends for almost 35 years.She was the kindest most generous person I ever knew. Knowing Nora made me a better person. We shared many memories. I will miss her beautiful smile and laughter. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. My prayers go out to her family.
Christine Blinn, March 4, 2016 Rest in peace
Joyce, March 4, 2016 So many memories from my childhood. Church, sleep overs, shopping at Jacobsons, this list goes on. She had huge impact on the person I am. Hugs and prayers.
Elaine Parson, March 3, 2016 It has been many years since we have seen each other. However, I still have in bedded in my mind Aunt Nora's huge smile and soft spoken words. I always looked forward to the first 2 weeks of July. It was with tradition , that she was here in Scranton. She always had her puppies at her side, and I looked forward to seeing what dolls she was creating. You raised a wonderful family. You can see how your love of life has passed down to them. God bless you!!! Now you are with your best friend ... I know Uncle Vito is waiting for you with open arms!! I
Cathy Voyack, March 3, 2016 Maria, Tony and Robert... this is Terry (Teresa), Dominic and Dolores' daughter. I just want to extend my sincerest condolences for the loss of your Mom, my Aunt Nora. I remember her as a soft-spoken, kind, sweet companion to Mom and Dad while they shared quality time in FL. I always enjoyed seeing her on my visits there and how they all enjoyed each other's company. I loved how she and Mom had the love of dolls in common and how she and Dad had painting in common. I know she made a difference in their lives and is a part of so many sweet memories. I will keep her and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Terry Hoops, March 3, 2016 Such a great loss of a gentle kind woman . I have such warm happy memories of summertime visits and Florida Christmas celebrations. Our prayers are with all . Cindy Calianno Dolan, March 3, 2016