Tonya M. (Nill) Miller, 48, a Little Falls native, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at her home in Liverpool, New York, due to heart complications.
Tonya was born on December 21, 1972, in Rome, NY the daughter of Carmelita Aiello of Little Falls and the late Robert Smith. She was educated in Little Falls schools, attended St. Mary’s Academy, and graduated from Little Falls High School, “Class of 1991”. On October 20, 2001, Tonya was united in marriage with Russell W. Miller at Holy Family Parish, Little Falls. They would have celebrated 20 years of marriage this year. Tonya furthered her education by attending SUNY IT where she received a Bachelor’s Degree. She was currently employed at Preferred Mutual in New Berlin where she was a no-fault claims adjuster. She was of the Catholic Faith.
Tonya was a very family-oriented woman. If you were friends with her, you were considered family. She was fiercely protective of her loved ones, empathetic, and wise. Her smile was warm, unique, welcoming, and memorable. She considered her greatest gift being a mom to her son Quintin and she was his inspiration. Life will truly not be the same without Tonya, but she has left countless beautiful memories to inspire her loved ones, all of whom cherished and adored her. Tonya had faith in her heart, a virtue that was seen in her many kind deeds that are now tucked away in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to have known her.
Survivors include her beloved family; husband, Rus of Liverpool; her son, Quintin at home; her mother, Carm Aiello of Little Falls; her siblings, Robert Aiello and wife Angela of Mt. Vision, Shaun Smith and fiance Girley Espinosa of the Philippines, Jessica Smith and fiance Drew Magarrell of Solvay, Nina Congdon and husband Greg of Little Falls and Heather Divecchia and husband Mike of West Barnstable MA. Tonya was the Godmother to Jade Pendolf of Little Falls and Bella Dee Aiello of Mt. Vision. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, many in-laws, and dear friends.
Tonya and her family’s care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidelman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. The family will receive relatives and friends at MVFC on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 4-8 p.m.
Tonya’s funeral will commence at 9 am on Saturday, January 16th from Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Sts., Little Falls where the Rev. Brian Slezak, pastor. will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial. The procession will follow to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. COVID-19 regulations will be followed; temperatures will be taken, face masks will be required, social distancing will be observed and physical contact is discouraged. Rus and Quintin would like to thank the many relatives and friends for all of the kind acts of sympathy extended during this difficult time.
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