Justine Viviano

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Justine Viviano, nee LoGrasso, 95, of Belleville, Ill., born August 23, 1923, in Terrasini, Province of Palermo, Italy, fell asleep into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, February 14, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Justine arrived in America with her parents from Italy when she was 4 years old. After graduating from St. Alphonsis “Rock” High School in St. Louis, she excelled as an executive secretary at Bank of St. Louis, Valley Steel Products Company, and Mercantile Bank. Justine was an active member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill. since 1956, and served as Eucharistic Minister both at St. Teresa’s Church and at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Ill. She was a member of Young at Heart and Legion of Mary at St. Teresa’s parish and she was a 75-year member of St. Peter’s Chapter of the secular Franciscan Order, Belleville Chapter of the Daughters of Isabella. She was one of the last two surviving members of a 50-plus year pinochle club. Justine’s driving force throughout her life was her dedication to Our Lord. One of her life’s highlights was hosting a Rosary Rally at her home in 2014, with an overflowing crowd of 80 family and friends led by her parish priest. Her unwavering faith, example, and devotion to God made her an invaluable role model and inspiration to everyone she met.

Justine truly relished her role as co-owner of Viviano’s Italian Restaurant, Belleville, Ill. for almost three decades, working with her husband John, children, and grandchildren, where she was known as the treasured “Mrs. V” and “Belleville’s Hostess” by the restaurant’s beloved employees and customers. At the restaurant and at family gatherings, she often delighted everyone by singing her sweet animated renditions of “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue,” “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” and “Ain’t She Sweet,” accompanied by the restaurant pianist.

Justine was the matriarch of her family, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She served God through her relationships here on her earthly journey and willingly gave love and companionship to anyone who needed an empathetic ear, a meal, or help of any kind, particularly those afflicted with handicaps.

Justine was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, John P. Viviano, who she married on February 15, 1947 and who died on October 27, 1986; two daughters, Jacqueline Davis and Joyce Ellen Viviano; her parents, Joseph and Serafina LoGrasso; two brothers, Anthony LoGrasso and Russell LoGrasso; and a great-great-grandson, Henry Benjamin McGee.

Surviving are her children, John Viviano (Barbara) of O’Fallon, Ill., Joanna Viviano of O’Fallon, Ill., Jeannette Linck of Belleville, Ill., Jerome Viviano (My) of Cary, NC., James Viviano of Belleville, Ill., and Joseph Viviano of Belleville, Ill.; a brother, Peter LoGrasso (Catherine) of St. Charles, Mo.; eleven grandchildren, Jason Viviano, Jared Viviano (Gail), Jay Viviano (Kelly), Michelle Llewellyn (Leonard), Jesse Viviano, Joseph Viviano (Anna), Jeffrey Linck, Amanda Goldsboro (Cory), Elizabeth Davis, Angelina Viviano, and Joseph Viviano; twelve great-grandchildren, Ryan McGee (Kaylin), Ella Viviano, Sofie Viviano, Savannah Viviano, Garron Viviano, Nicolas Viviano, Jon-Paul Viviano, Noella Viviano, Alex McCree, Alyssa Hill, Camden Goldsboro, and Jemma Viviano; a great-great grandson, Maverick McGee; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church or in the form of Masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 pm, Monday, February 18, 2019, and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.  A recitation of the rosary by St. Teresa’s Legion of Mary and the Third Order of the Secular Franciscans will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2019, at St. Teresa Catholic Church.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Monsignor David Darin officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


21 Comments on Justine Viviano

Daphne Covert said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2019 at 7:14 PM

Joanna, I'm saddened to hear the news about your sweet mom. I know you will dearly miss her. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With much Love and Sympathy.

  • Ellisville
  • MO
Tony Viviano said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Joanna and all the Viviano Family, I am so very sorry to hear of about your sweet loving mother Justine's passing. What a very strong fun loving woman, mother, sister and friend to so many! She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. God Bless.

  • Ellisville
  • MO
John Reeves said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 10:51 PM

I'm so sorry to hear that Mrs. V has passed on. My deepest sympathies to the family. I worked at the Viviano's restaurant nearly 40 years ago and was always impressed by Mrs. V's warmth and hospitality. She was an inspiration to us all!

  • New York
  • NY
Charlotte said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Joanna and family: My sincere condolences on your loss. You were blessed to have spent so many years under Justine's love and guidance, and I know your memories will help carry you through this painful time.

  • Granite City
  • IL
Rick and Deb Breeze said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 3:32 PM

Our hearts go out to the entire Viviano family.

  • IL
Natalie Bennett said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 1:29 PM

So very sad to hear about Aunt Justine's passing. She was such a joyful person. Her smile could light up the room. What I loved most about her is that no matter the occasion, she was there, she showed up. My heart goes out to my Grandpa Pete LoGrasso in this time. Justine will never be forgotten.

  • O'Fallon
  • MO
Gregory Voss said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Dear Viviano Family, having attended your mother's visitation tonight and having met your whole family, I saw how that your mother's love and teaching will be shared wonderfully with the world. I also looked at the crucifix and saw the source of our hope and the origin of your mother's teaching.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joanne jung(formerly Altepeter) said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2019 at 4:57 AM

To mrs. Viviano’s Family: my most sincere sympathy..your mother and grandmother was a true lady and wonderful role model of a good, good Catholic woman! You now have an angel watching over all of you! May your grief lessens soon..I will be praying for you!

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Shirley & Jeff Kitchel said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2019 at 9:45 PM

Sorry for your loss. You ha.ve our deepest sympathy. So glad I got to visit her last week

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Tomasita & Joseph Lahue said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2019 at 6:13 PM

Joanna, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mom, Justine. She was a wonderful lady who lived a wonderful life. She was very fortunate to have you as her loving daughter. Dr. Tomasita & Mr. Joseph Lahue

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Anita Be z said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2019 at 3:51 PM

So sorry for you loss. Very sweet Lady

  • Belleville
  • Il
megan viviano said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Justine was such a lovely woman. We were so blessed to know her and get to spend time with her on her trips to Kansas City! She had a peaceful presence and was such a pleasure to be around. Our condolences and prayers for the family. Megan and Jerry Viviano

  • kansas city
  • missouri
Donna Welker said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2019 at 12:54 AM

So sorry to hear this, Joanna! Your Mom was such an elegant lady and a joy to be around. She will be so missed! Praying for comfort for all of you.

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Bev and Cliff Erickson said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 5:31 PM

Justine was such a fun lady to be around. She welcomed me to her home on Christmas day back in the 1990s. Such happy memories and we considered family. Her children so talented especially Joanna which we know quite well. Thanks for being such a special loving parent to all.

  • Lompoc
  • California
Gina Bennett said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 3:11 PM

Dear Aunt Justine, You were one of the most joyful and loving people that I’ve had the privilege to know. I will miss you very much no one can replace you in my heart. My love to all your family.

  • St.Paul
  • Missouri
Janet Tinoco said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 2:50 PM

An amazing woman who will be sorely missed. All our love, Janet Tinoco and family

  • New Smyrna Beach
  • FL
betty bauers said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 11:11 AM

Mrs. V. was an added blessing to us every time we went to the Rest. for dinner. You always felt like a family there.No doubt in my mind Mrs. V. was one of the most angelic people I've met. Always glowing with the presence of the Lord on her face. Our loveto the whole family....Betty Bauers- Tom Hoffman

  • IL
Maria Oliver said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 12:38 AM

Viviano Family, My deepest sympathies for your loss. Justine was such a nice lady and she has left a positive impression on so many people, including me. She will not be forgotten. May your many happy memories with her give you comfort at this difficult time. Sending prayers your way, Maria Oliver

  • Murray
  • Utah
Richard Vojas said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 12:24 AM

Joe , you mom was such a wonderful lady , she will be sorely missed at the secular Franciscans meeting, prayers for comfort to you and your family during this difficult time , God bless. Richard, if’s

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Janice Evansco said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2019 at 12:13 AM

sympathy to you and your family may God be with you. She was a blessing to me. She will be missed but tucked in our hearts. Prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Kay Pritchett said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2019 at 10:33 PM

So sorry to hear about Justine's passing. I remember seeing her at Mass at St. Teresa. Everytime we went to the restaurant she was so gracious.

  • Mascoutah
  • Il

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