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Nancy Majestro Rasi, 86 years of age, passed away peacefully at her home on July 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. She was born on September 3, 1930, in Kimball, WV to the late Antonio and Maria Martella Majestro. Her beloved husband, Dionigi (Dan) Rasi predeceased her on April 5, 2017, 25 days shy of their 67th wedding anniversary. The greatest joy of the late Dan and Nancy Rasi were their 5 children who brought them immeasurable happiness. Nancy was a resilient fighter of Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma which eventually claimed her life. She never let these cancers define who she was. With her rich faith in God, she was always a major source of inspiration and love to all who knew her.
Always living life to the fullest, Nancy was the ultimate homemaker and consummate matriarch to her family as well as to the community. Her culinary skills were second to none-her legendary cream puffs, pound cakes, fried chicken and chicken soup were superb. Being the "glue" that held the family together, festive holiday gatherings were always full of elaborately planned food with indulgent reminiscences of many fond memories of previous special family occasions. Forever committed to family, Nancy always enjoyed traveling with her beloved husband Dan and her cherished children and grandchildren which included cruises and traveling abroad. She also enjoyed trips taken with her siblings to Florida, Los Vegas, Italy, Australia and Hawaii to name a few.
Nancy worked for WV Grocery prior to her marriage to Dan. She always enjoyed interacting with the public who adored her. She also worked for McDowell Supply Company after her children graduated from college. Her greatest sense of accomplishment was being a devoted wife and a supreme mother to her children ... that was her ultimate joy and purpose for living. Nancy lived in Kimball all her life until moving to Bluefield in 2004. She never forgot her wonderful Kimball community of cherished friends including the Gianato family. She was an active member of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Kimball and became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church after moving to Bluefield. Proud of her Italian heritage, Nancy was a member of The Sons of Italy in Bluefield and particularly enjoyed the Italian Festival year after year. She was also a member of the Bereavement Committee associated with the church. Playing Bunco where the gatherings were hosted at the home of her dear friends, Annette and Claude Morgan, was also a great means of enjoyment for her.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dan, her sister Francesca, her infant brother Joseph, her sister Natalie and husband Sammy Giardina. She is survived by and was the beloved mother of Dr. Anthony (Nancy) Rasi of Bluefield, WV; Frances (James) Butch of Charleston, WV; Dina Rasi Munsey of Rocky Gap, VA; Carmella (Ken) Miller of Louisville, KY; and Mary (Chuck) Otte of Oak Hill, WV. Nancy was the beloved grandmother of Elizabeth (Mickey) Carr, Danny (Amy) Rasi, Nancy Catena (Chris) Webb, Dina Marie (Jared) Wyrick, Maria (Darren) Franck, Nikki (David) Frampton, Natalie (John) Swartz, Joseph (Joan) Miller, Daniel (Giovanna) Miller, Adrienne (Greg) Barnett, Charles Joseph (Christine) Otte, and Lindsay (Nathan) Davenport. She was the beloved great grandmother of Caden, Ty, Victoria, Max, Trista, Catena, Alyssa, Vincent, Alexander, Dominic, Isaac, Samuel, Gabriella, Jeffrey, Jace, Vivienne, Charles Joseph IV, Frank, Adeline, Jayden, and Isaiah. There are two great grandchildren on the way. Nancy was the dear sister-in-law of Thelma Rasi, the beloved sister of Josephine (Joe) Chiari, Dr. Tony (Prudence) Majestro, Carmella (Francis) Cuomo, and Margaret (Philip) Cuomo. There are also many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Mercer Funeral Home on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm where there will be a Rosary and Wake Service at 7:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, WV with the Rev. Sebastian Devasya officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, WV. Pallbearers will be Danny Rasi, Daniel Rasi Miller, Chris Webb, Jared Wyrick, David Frampton, and John Swartz. Honorary pallbearers will be special nephews, Dennis Ramella, David Ramella, Reno Ramella, Johnny Rasi, Jerry Rasi, and Jimmy Rasi.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Nancy Rasi's memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Food Pantry, PO Box 608, Bluefield, WV 24701 or to the American Cancer Society, 1808 Jefferson Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.
The family would like to thank Dr. Vijay Phade, Dr. Joel Schor and his wonderful staff, all the staff at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Gentiva Home Health and Amedisys Hospice for all the excellent care and compassion during Nancy's illness. Special gratitude is also extended to Rev. Sebastian Devasya, Deacon Don Hammond, and the many dear neighbors, relatives, friends, and prayer warriors who carried us on our darkest days. Nancy was loved by all who knew her and will be truly missed.
Those wishing to share memories or condolences messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerruneralHorne.com
Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Nancy Majestro Rasi.
Published on July 6, 2017
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