Angelo Nista

Angelo Anthony Nista Jr.

Friday, June 3rd, 1938 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Angelo ‘Sonny’ Anthony Nista, Jr., 81, beloved husband of the late Carol L. (Genovese) Nista, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020. Born June 3, 1938 in New Haven, CT, he was the son of the late Angelo A. and Louise M. (Barile) Nista. Angelo graduated from Hamden High School, class of 1956, then the University of Connecticut. While there, he enrolled in the ROTC program and upon graduation served four years in the U.S. Army. Upon discharge, he settled in West Hartford, CT where Carol and he raised four children and resided 56 years.

Angelo worked as a sales representative in the packaging supplies industry for more than 50 years with various companies, most recently as self-employed and having just retired at the end of 2019. He truly loved his work and strove to maintain long lasting relationships with his customers, some spanning decades.

Angelo loved spending time and traveling with family and friends, going antiquing, stopping at tag sales, enjoying Dixieland jazz, and was always in search of the next great restaurant. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their activities and was a fan of the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Angelo is survived by his children, Brenda Enloe and husband Vernon of Newington, Paul Nista and wife Karen of West Hartford, Jerry Nista of Denver, CO, and Suzanne Collins and husband Dean of Bellingham, WA; brother George Nista and wife Ann, and sister Sally Nista, both of Philadelphia, PA; sister-in-law Linda and husband Pasquale Marino of North Haven; five grandchildren, Kirsten and Danielle Enloe, Patrick and Christopher Nista, and Cheyenne Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, (July 20), 10:30 am at St. Patrick & St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. For those that cannot attend the Mass in person, you are invited to participate virtually on the Church's website.
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  • Service

    Monday, July 20th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, July 20th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Patrick/St. Anthony Church
    285 Church Street
    HARTFORD, CT 06103
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    A Mass of Christian Burial for Angelo ‘Sonny’ Anthony Nista, Jr., 81, beloved husband of the late Carol L. (Genovese) Nista, who passed away on May 25, 2020 , will be celebrated on Monday, (July 20), 10:30 am at St. Patrick & St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. *******To view the Webcast of the Mass, go to photos and videos prompt under the name and photo on the top of this page.
  • Interment

    Beaverdale Cemetery
    Burial services will be on Tuesday, (July 21), 11:30 am in Beaverdale Cemetery, New Haven. The virtual Mass link and online condolences may be made at


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John Sloan

Posted at 03:15pm
I just learned of Angelo's passing. I always enjoyed his visits to my store, as he would often have me ship packages to his daughter & grand-daughter, Cheyenne. I'll miss our long chats. Rest in peace.

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Meg Peterson

Posted at 12:03pm
Brenda, Suzanne and family,

Your dad was such a kind, gentle angel that truly loved his wife and family.
He always came into my shop and shared his beautiful, kind words of how proud he was of his family and all of your accomplishments..
I know that he is at Peace and with your Beautiful mom, his soulmate.

Hold on to those great memories in your heart.
watch for all of the signs that both of them will send you.
They truly never leave us and they always watch over us.

all our love,
Meg and Ed

Suzi D'Annolfo

Posted at 04:59pm
Dear Paul and family, Our hearts and thoughts are with you on the passing of your father. He lived a full and rich life and raised a wonderful family as reflected in the fine people you have all become. Take time to grieve, share your feelings, stories, and memories and hold one another closely. With deepest sympathy, Suzi and Frank D'Annolfo

Art Lichenstein

Posted at 09:56am
I worked with Angelo in several different companies and he was the first recipient of the Supplier Representative of the year when I worked at Consumers Interstate an honor he was understandably proud of.

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