Lina Antola

June 22, 1914June 7, 2012

LINA ANTOLA June 22, 1914 - June 7, 2012 Lina Antola passed away peacefully on June 7, 2012 in Merced, CA at the age of 97. She was born in Milano, Italy and became an American Citizen in 1945. She and her husband, Pietro, owned and operated Antola’s Restaurant for over 20 years. Antola's was a gathering place for local residents, travelers and celebrities to eat authentic Italian food and to celebrate with family and friends. Lina's love revolved around her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Lina was a hard worker, with a heart of a servant, caring and compassionate. She had a strong faith in God, and a sense of humor throughout life. Lina will be remembered for her wonderful cooking and the enjoyment she received from sharing her food with others. She touched the lives of many with her giving. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Italian American Federation, attended numerous Bible Studies, and Novenas. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Pietro and her courageous son-in-law, Ray Cyr. Lina is survived by her daughters, Gloria Kohn (Bob) of Los Banos and Maria Cyr of Merced; her son, Peter Antola of Chowchilla; stepdaughter, Sandra Greco (Jim) of Los Banos; her grandchildren, Jason Cyr (Suzy) of Portland, Jennifer Villalobos of Los Banos, Ryan Cyr of Merced, Amy (Joel) Merkel of Santa Rosa, Rosalie (Arthur) Ramos of Los Banos, Jimmy (Diana) Greco of Los Banos and Johnny Greco of Monterey; as well as numerous Great Grandchildren and Great, Great Grandchildren. The family would like to especially thank Lina’s caregiver Yolanda Pulido. Special thanks to physicians: Lidia Rodriguez, MD and Dan Ikemiyashiro, MD and Hinds Hospice. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 , 9:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 617 E. Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA followed by Recitation of Rosary at 9:30 am and Mass at 10:00 am. Burial is private. Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Fr. Andrew Colnaghi

July 5, 2012

I am very sorry for the loss mother and gradmother. She was very Religious person full of humanity.She will remeber in Masses and Prayers and affection.Fr.Andrew

Joann Solga

June 22, 2012

So Sorry for your loss. I just found out and called Father Andrew--we areremembering you in our prayers

carol deldotto

June 12, 2012

So sorry for your loss your mother was a wonderful lady. I loved to listen to her talk Carol DelDotto

Janet West

June 11, 2012

My sincere condolences to Maria, Mimi, Peter and the entire Antola family in the loss of your Dear Mother, Grandmother, and great Grandmother. God rest her blessed soul and be with you all during this difficult time.

-Janet West, (Schwerdtfeger) , Atwater,CA

Frances Lunney

June 11, 2012

My condolences to the family. I have so many fond memories of going to Antola's restaurant with my family growing up in Merced. The food was wonderful of course, but it was the personal touch (both Nina and Pietro always came out to greet our family and visit) that was truly memorable.

Sherry Johnson, Dan Cowan & Family

June 10, 2012

To Mimi and Family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. I remember driving out to Antola's on 99 with my parents so very long ago. Much love to you and we will keep you in our prayers.

Scott R. Rufer

June 9, 2012

To my old friend Peter & family, I am sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so accommodating & kind when we has overnights as kids. She & your Dad always fed us well not only at your home but at the unforgettable Antola's Restaurant on 16th St. Take care everyone, your Mom's feeding everyone still I'm sure. Scott R. Rufer

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

June 7, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.