Nerina Maria Cilento, 86, of Sunset Beach, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019.
Nerina was born on April 21, 1933 in a small town in Southern Italy. In May of 1956, she married Rudy who at the time was stationed in France for the US Army. After completing his tour of duty, they settled in North Brunswick, NJ for 40 years before moving to Sunset Beach in 2002.
Nerina was an accomplished artist who specialized in oil painting. Her beautiful artwork, often inspired by nature and capturing its vibrant colors, was awarded many prize ribbons at art shows both in NJ and NC. Her paintings are proudly displayed in her home as well as the homes of beloved relatives and friends in the US and Italy.
She was the last survivor of 6 sisters and 3 brothers. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Rodolfo “Rudy” Cilento, and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews in the US, Italy, and Venezuela. She had many friends all of whom loved and remember her fondly.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 4 to 6pm in Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 10am. Interment will be held in Brunswick Memorial Gardens following the mass. A reception will follow, details of which will be announced at the service or can be found at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com when finalized.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, PO Box 2984, Shallotte, NC 28459.
Online condolences can be made at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.