Violet M. Sheftz, age 93, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Maplewood Manor, with her daughter by her side.
She was born on April 16, 1921 in Ballston Spa, New York, the daughter of the late Francesco
Schiavo and Carmella Carophena, who emigrated from Italy with hopes and dreams of making a better life for their family. Thirteen children were born to this amazing couple, three of whom
died as infants. The children lived in a very close knit family, having many stories to tell about
the countless good times they had together.
Violet worked at Tuff Lite Plastics for many years as a receptionist. Violet enjoyed the simple things in life: family get togethers, shopping, eating out, yard work, and spending time
with friends. Her home that her husband built for her was her pride and joy. Violet and her sister Annette “Bertie” used to enjoy preparing and cooking the very best Christmas Eve dinners in the old traditional Italian way.
made friends very easily. One of the highlights of her life was a trip she took to Italy and the
Holy Land back in 1972.
Violet is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Sheftz (Bob Smith) of Ballston Spa, brothers, Patsy Schiavo of Ballston Spa, and James Schiavo (Virginia) of Bangor, PA, and many nieces and
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul, and three brothers, Michael, Dominick and Daniel Schiavo, four sisters, Anna Rubino, Annette Maccardy, Anne Isabella and Nancy Costanzo.
A funeral mass in honor of Violet will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015 at St.
Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa., NY 12020. Calling hours will be held from
5pm – 7pm on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave,
Route 9 and on Marion Ave., Saratoga Springs, New York.