Florence Viola

FlorenceFlorence Viola, 83, born Sep. 13, 1930 in Chicago, passed away at her home in Las Vegas on Sept. 26, 2013, after losing her long, hard fought battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, of 66 years, beloved mother of Marilyn Maida and Joetta “Jay” Payne and the late Joseph Jr., cherished grandmother to Lisa, Marni, John, Jody, Joseph III and Vanessa, dear great grandmother to Nicholas, Robert, Joseph, Madison, Luca, Lexi, Vivien Rose and Joseph Thomas. Next to her family and friends, she was most proud of her beauty salon, Touch of Class, in Park Ridge, IL, being owner/operator for over 20 years. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, playing bingo, cooking and spending time with her family. Her boundless energy, loyal friendship and generous spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her and she will be forever in our hearts. Condolences may be left below. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Nathan Adelson Hospice Care for their support in her final days.
A celebration of her life will be held at the La Paloma Chapel, 5450 Stephanie St., Las Vegas on Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:00 am.

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  • Matt Mele (Cork)
    October 8, 2013 12:25 pm

    Joe, Marilyn, and Joetta,

    I know we have not seen each other for a very, very long time, and I only wish my communication would not be for this reason. My extreme condolences to you and the entire family. As you all know, Florence was so dearly loved by all the Meles.


  • Dear All in Flo’s Family,

    My sincere sympathies to each of you, especially Joe, Marilyn, and Joetta, in the loss of Flo. My heart goes out to all of you. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Flo and I have been friends since she started doing my nails at Touch of Class … probably going back to the early 80’s. She has always been like a second mom to me, especially back then when I was struggling with the challenges of going to law school at night while working a full time job during the day. She wouldn’t let me quit school, gave me weekly pep talks, and in the end, she would say (and I agree) that “we” earned that law degree!

    I will always remember her energy (so amazing), her laugh, and her kindness. We always had such a good time together, including our last get together at Brunch Cafe in June. As with all dear friends, each time we were together we picked up right where we left off, and I so enjoyed hearing about all of you.

    I feel truly blessed to have known Flo – we had such a special relationship … because she was such a special person.

    With love and fond memories of Flo,

    “Soosie” (Flo’s nickname for me, all these years)


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