Christina Casassa Stough, 93, of Brazil, died Friday, July 21, 2006, at 4 p.m. at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.
She was born April 19, 1913, in Brazil, Ind., to Dominic and Margaret Rossatto Casassa. She married Joe Stough on Sept. 7, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents. Her husband preceded her in death in 1971. Also preceding her in death were four brothers Jesse in 1951, Dom in 1977, James in 1979, and Justino in 2006. She was preceded in death by one sister Katherine Biggs in 1983. She was the youngest of the six Casassa children.
She is survived by four nieces, Kathleen Moore, Mary Ann Trout, Margaret Kennedy, Janet Breloff, and three nephews, James Dom Casassa, Jack Casassa, and James Casassa. She is survived by 13 great-nieces and nephews, Christina Sneddon, Robert Moore, Joe Trout, Tony Trout, Troy Casassa, Chad Casassa, Nona Lancaster, Christy Casassa, Carey Casassa, Cam Casassa, Angie Sipe, Tony Casassa and Maggie Breloff as well as 22 great-great nieces and nephews and two great-great-great-nieces. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Harry Stough and his family.
Christina was the matriarch of the Casassa family which immigrated from Turin, Italy to Indiana just after the turn of the century. The family business, Casassa's Dairy Farm, provided milk and other dairy products to the people of Clay County for 70 years.
Christina was a 1931 graduate of Staunton High School and along with her husband was active in the family business. She lived her entire life on the family farm with many family members residing nearby. She was loved and admired by family and friends and was affectionately known as "Nana". To the family she leaves behind, she was much more than an aunt, and will be sadly missed.
She particularly loved family gatherings on holidays, preparing meals for her large family, gardening and visiting with friends and family. She was a wonderful cook and baker and was well known for her pies.
Christina was a devout Catholic and was an active member of the Annunciation Church in Brazil. She was strong in her faith and enjoyed being with her church family.
Casket-bearers will be great-nephews Robert Moore, Joe Trout, Tony Trout, Troy Casassa, Chad Casassa, Cam Casassa, Tony Casassa and Mitch Lancaster.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Moore Funeral Home and prior to services Tuesday. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Clay County Humane Society or the Annunciation Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.