ForeverMissed
Sarina Mae Contino, 86, of Bayside, passed away on July 8, 2021.
She was born Feb. 28, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of George and Josephine Thorsen (Nitka).
On May 25, 1955, Sarina married Alexander Contino, of Chicago. They had one daughter, Michalene. They moved to Elkhorn in 1967, where Alexander’s parents, Nicholas and Blanche Contino, had resided since 1954.Sarina started one of the very first CBRF's in the state of Wisconsin in Elkhorn in 1979. It would remain a family business, Sarina’s Retirement Communities, until 2007. Working with the elderly had been a lifetime commitment for Sarina.

 In recognition of her dedication, Sarina received the first “Chamber Member of the Year award” at the annual Chamber banquet in 1986.The Contino's love of Elkhorn was shown through helping others in the community. Sarina was one of the three founders of the Walworth County Humane Society and animals of all species were her great passion. The Ministry to Aging of Walworth County and the Walworth County Mental Health Association were to organizations that she spent her time and resources supporting.

 For five years, she served as the chairperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Walworth County, seeing to all of the details for the muscular dystrophy carnivals that were very successful fundraisers for the foundation. Sarina’s love of Walworth County – and Elkhorn – was immeasurable.

 She loved her horses, and all of the rest that were lucky to be part of her menagerie, as well as gardening and traveling. Most of all she loved her family.
Sarina will be missed by her family: Michalene and Imran Niazi, of River Hills; Alexander Niazi, Fort Collins Colorado; and Cameron Niazi, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 In lieu of flowers, donations to Lakeland Animal Shelter would be appreciated.
Her Funeral will be on July 14, 2021 at 12 pm at Bayshore Lutheran Church  in White Fish Bay Wisconsin.
Posted by Fran Kent on July 13, 2021
I will always remember Sarina as being the first friendly person I met that welcomed me to White Oaks with open arms.
I arrived from England only a few months before not knowing many people, Sarina invited me to coffee and introduced me to many of the wonderful residents.
We spent many coffee mornings and lunches together learning about each other’s lives. It was lovely she shared so many precious memories with me.
She sure lived life to the full.
God bless Sarina.
Posted by Angela Sprau on July 13, 2021
Sarina will forever be with our family in our hearts. She was indeed a force of nature, so loving, and the best Nanny our children could have ever asked for. We were so blessed she entered our lives, and will miss her dearly. We now consider her, and Al, our Guardian Angels.

XXOO The Sprau Family
Posted by Lea Wolf on July 12, 2021
Announcement if anyone would like to share photos of Sarina or stories about her please feel free to share on the tributes section or post photos in the stories section thank you!
Posted by Katie Maloney on July 12, 2021
Sarina was a true force of nature, ferociously independent and unerringly kind. I will be forever grateful that she shared her life with us.

Katie Maloney
Posted by Jo Ellen Witt on July 11, 2021
Sarina was a welcoming presence! She was always the first person to meet a new resident offering hospitality and her friendship. She had many gifts, but I think hospitality was her greatest.

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Posted by Fran Kent on July 13, 2021
I will always remember Sarina as being the first friendly person I met that welcomed me to White Oaks with open arms.
I arrived from England only a few months before not knowing many people, Sarina invited me to coffee and introduced me to many of the wonderful residents.
We spent many coffee mornings and lunches together learning about each other’s lives. It was lovely she shared so many precious memories with me.
She sure lived life to the full.
God bless Sarina.
Posted by Angela Sprau on July 13, 2021
Sarina will forever be with our family in our hearts. She was indeed a force of nature, so loving, and the best Nanny our children could have ever asked for. We were so blessed she entered our lives, and will miss her dearly. We now consider her, and Al, our Guardian Angels.

XXOO The Sprau Family
Posted by Lea Wolf on July 12, 2021
Announcement if anyone would like to share photos of Sarina or stories about her please feel free to share on the tributes section or post photos in the stories section thank you!
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FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 Funeral will be on July 14, 2021 at 12 pm at Bayshore Lutheran Church  in White Fish Bay Wisconsin.
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Shared by Judith nitka on July 15, 2021
I always found you to be a very caring and gentle  person , l never heard you say one bad thing about anyone , l know you always loved cats lol  you were very proud of  your daughter and spoke very highly of your son in law and you loved telling me about your grand children , you always told me how blessed you were and how Michalene was so good to you , I’ll miss our little talks, but we had some good laughs , l love you and I’ll miss you my sweet sweet aunt GOD Bless You
Shared by Katie Maloney on July 15, 2021
Sarina and I bonded over our love of the natural world, and cats, in particular. For a time, about 15 years ago, White Oaks had a large number of feral cats. Because we couldn’t bear watching them struggle through the harsh Wisconsin winters, we joined forces to trap them, convey them to the Humane Society for neutering and relocate them. It was an ambitious task but after a couple of years (and with the help of our neighbors) the feral population had been reduced to just a couple of animals. Sarina cared for them devotedly for as long as she lived at White Oaks.

We also took turns caring for each other’s pets. More than once I returned from a trip to find that my cats had not noticed that I’d been gone. They greeted me with a yawn because Sarina had been there, not only feeding them, but singing to them with that beautiful voice of hers.

For those of you who do not share a fondness for cats, let me say this. I believe Sarina’s love of these animals represented the abundance of love that filled her heart and spilled over, blessing everyone who knew her. Hers was a very tender heart.

in thinking of her over the past few days, I have come to realize one thing. Whether it was our somewhat tortuous shopping expeditions at Costco where Sarina could be lost in the depths of the store for an eternity, watching her recreate a roller skating dance routine from her youth, or sitting on the deck feeding the geese as we did just a couple of weeks ago, almost every memory of her brings a smileto my face. Of how many people can you say that?

We often joked about making a trip west to visit Carmel when one of us won the lottery. Evidently, Sarina had visited Doris Day’s hotel at some time in the past and had become quite enamored of it, as well as that beautiful beach. Today, I imagine her visiting that heaven-like spot, watching the waves lap at the shore. She was a true force of nature, who shared her life and her joy with us, for which I will always be grateful.

Katie Maloney

Sarina and her dog Gino

Shared by Lea Wolf on July 12, 2021
Sarina pictured with her great Pyrenese dog Gino. She adopted this dog from her daughter back in the early 1970's.