Antoinette (Scala) Miro, 88, a Fairfield resident for most of her life, died June 9, 2010, at the Middletown Nursing Home, where she'd lived for the past two years. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

The daughter of Italian immigrants, the late Gaetano and Maria Scala of Santa Maria Capua Vertere, Italy, she was born in Fairfield in 1921, in the house of family friends -- the same house where she would later meet her husband, the late Edward C. Miro Sr.

She grew up in Bridgeport and worked in various factories during World War II before marrying and settling in Fairfield, where she and Edward reared their family of four children. A vegetable grower, Edward sold the farm's produce wholesale until Antoinette had the idea of also opening a vegetable stand in front of their home on Burroughs Road, where she enjoyed getting to know her many regular customers. And they knew her as an honest, loyal and generous friend. She was also known for her excellent Italian cooking.

After the death of her husband, she worked in the cafeterias of the Fairfield Public Schools, Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport.

In her retirement, at age 65, she earned her General Education Degree (GED). A great believer in education, she was most proud that all four of her children had earned college degrees.

Miro enjoyed traveling, both with her daughter, Maria, and with friends. Over the years, she made several visits to her parents' hometown in Italy, to the delight of relatives there. She also was an enthusiastic participant in activities at the Fairfield Senior Center, especially painting classes, in which she discovered she had untapped artistic talent.

Even after health issues made nursing home care necessary in 2008, Miro continued to paint. Her room at the Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center was a gallery of her colorful work, mostly of nature, and drew praise from everyone who visited. One of her paintings, of a sliced peach on a plate, was featured on a section cover of The Hartford Courant.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and her brother, Joseph Scala, previously of Stratford.

She is survived by her three sons, William II, Edward Jr. and Lee, all of Fairfield; her daughter, Maria and son-in-law, Leith Johnson of Middletown; and a sister, Rosina Scala of Bloomfield. She also leaves several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins, as well as her relatives in Italy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 14; followed by interment in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Donations in Miro's memory may be made to the Wadsworth Glen Recreation Department, Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center, 30 Boston Road, Middletown, CT 06457.