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Monya Pearl Barbara Pinno, 103, died Tuesday at Ridgewood Care Center. Born in Kenosha, Oct. 6, 1915, she was the daughter of the late John and Stephanie (Nee: Ishiski) Szelonski.

An incredible woman of inspiration and humor who defined her own path – she was as close to “old school Hollywood” as one will ever meet – yet elegant, courageous and proud. She was determined, independent, and had a playful spirit. A classic woman from a bygone era, she knew how to love and you felt that in her presence. Monya was a noblewoman – a woman of God and her family.

She married Albert Pinno on Oct. 28, 1967. Monya owned and operated Monya’s Beauty Salon for 40 years. She was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Monya loved being a beautician and was a skilled seamstress. Most of all she treasured time with her family and enjoyed dancing with her husband every Saturday night.

Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Albert; her daughter, Diane Pondus Mikic of Mt. Pleasant; Diane’s son, Dr. Mark Eberhage and his wife, Theresa; and Monya’s wonderful great-grandson, Alexander Eberhage; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Pondus; two sisters, Helen (Stan) Kayon, Pearl (Onis) Harris.

With Rev. Yamid Blanco officiating, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring Street. Interment will follow at St. George Cemetery, Kenosha. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.