New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Nina Pane Sanseverin­o


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear aunt, sister and friend, Ann (Nina) Pane Sanseverin­o, of New Haven, who passed away on September 10, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Anna Elizabeth Pane in New Haven, CT on December 2, 1939 to the late Luigi and Giuseppina Pastore Pane. She followed in her mother’s musical footsteps as a singer of Italian music, especially the Canzone Napoletana, performing on stage for the first time with her mother at the age of 3. She later adopted the stage name “Nina” and performed for more than 75 years touring and singing with many of Italy’s finest performers, including Nunzio Gallo, Claudio Villa, Domenico Modugno and Peppino DiCapri, as well as American artists

Lou Monte, Vincent Gardenia, Paul Anka and Bobby Vinton. She was recognized by the City of New Haven, the State of Connecticu­t, the U.S. Congress and numerous Italian American civic organizati­ons for her philanthro­py and contributi­ons to Italian music and culture. No words are truer than the ones engraved on one of the awards she received: “Her voice and her art are a tribute to both of her parents as well as to the Canzone Napoletana, of which she is one of the principal exponents”. Nina is predecease­d by her beloved husband, Emilio Sansverino Jr., her sister, Josephine Lawrence and nephews Steven and Mark DeMatteo. She leaves a brother, Gaetano(Sonny) Pane and a sister, Louise DeMatteo; her best friend, caretaker and “daughter,” Donna

Massaro; her nieces Linda Nelson, Maria Demetriade­s, and Debra Golembiesk­i; nephews Fred Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence and Louis Pane and a multitude of friends and fans who adored her and loved her beautiful voice, including special friends, Sherry Bruder-Fucci, Melissa Vitti and Aaron Caruso. The family wished to acknowledg­e and thank the nurses, aides and staff at the Mary Wade Home and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care for the loving and compassion­ate care they provided to Nina.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30 in the Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. 11 Wooster Place in New Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Per order of the City of New Haven, masks are required for all in attendance. Memorial contributi­ons in Nina’s name made be made to the Mary Wade Home 118 Clinton Ave. New Haven, CT 06513. Share a memory and sign Nina’s guest book online at

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