Lina Teresa Kloss passed away peacefully at home after a stroke on February 5th, 2022. She was 88 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Pia Notarantonio, and her brother Vincent. She is survived by husband Joseph, son Joe Jr., son Ray (Anne), daughter Teresa, son Matthew (Jeni) and son Paul (Kerthy), granddaughters Jackie Trianosky (Joe) and Jemma Kloss, grandson Michael Thompson(Ashley), sister-in-law Antonina, and a niece, nephews and cousins.
She was born on June 14, 1933 in Corbellino, Province L'Aquila, Region Abruzzo, Italy. She emigrated to the United States with her mother and brother in April 1947 to join her father, who came to this country earlier to obtain a job and a home. The breakout of WWII had prevented the rest of the family from joining him earlier. Lina told stories of German soldiers who took over their house and left them with only the kitchen and one room to share. Her mother wore widow's clothes so that she didn't have to say that her husband was in the U.S. Her brother and the other young men in the village hid in the mountains to avoid being conscripted by the German army and forced to fight their own countrymen.
Lina had studied English in Italy and rapidly advanced through grade school and high school once here in the U.S. She graduated from the School of Nursing in Wheeling, West Virginia. She met Joe when she was a student nurse and he was an orderly. They were married in 1956. She spent a year in St. Louis while Joe completed his last year of medical school and then they came to Akron where they have lived ever since. She was active in medical, community and church organizations and still had time to be a loving wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with her family.
She and Joe traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally, visiting Italy a number of times. A highlight was celebrating their 50th anniversary with the whole family in Venice, Italy. She enjoyed downhill skiing and she and Joe skied many areas - especially Snowmass in Colorado. She enjoyed the annual trip to Sparrow Lake in Canada, although seven people and their luggage in a station wagon was challenging. She loved taking family photos on every possible occasion, much to the chagrin of her children.
Our many thanks for the loving care given to Lina from the the staff and aides at Brookdale and Miracle City Hospice.
There are no calling hours and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Christ Child Society, P.O. Box 13441 Akron, OH 44334 or the Saint Sebastian Foundation, 476 Mull Ave. Akron, OH 44320.