Anita Zonin, 86, of Artie’s hardware family

Anita Zonin.

BY GABE HERMAN | Anita Zonin, a lifelong Village resident whose family owned Artie’s hardware store on W. 14 St., died on Nov. 26. She was 86.

The cause of death was liver cancer, according to the family.

Zonin was born on Sept. 23, 1932, and grew up on King St. in the Village. She was the last survivor of six sisters. Her father, Salvatore Pernicone, owned Pernicone’s Butcher Shop on Sullivan St., and her mother, Josephine Catania, was a stay-at-home mom.

Anita and husband, Artie Zonin, were married for 65 years. They first lived on King St. after they wed, then moved to Hudson St., according to their son Brian. They then moved to Morton St. about 50 years ago, where they were living until Anita’s death. Artie continues to live there, and he also grew up in the Village, on Downing St.

Anita and Artie had two sons, Brian and Arthur, and three grandchildren, Brianna, Michael and Kristen.

Anita was a bookkeeper at the hardware store, at 223 W. 14 St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves., for 20 years. Sons Brian and Arthur then bought the store and she continued to work there until it closed in 2014.

“Anita was hardworking,” Brian recalled, “always willing to help others, always elegantly dressed, kept a beautiful home.”

Her son added that she was “strong-willed, independent and generous.”

Visitation was held on Nov. 28 at Perazzo Funeral Home, at 199 Bleecker St., and the funeral Mass was Nov. 29 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church.

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