Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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VICTORIA TOPPINO SOLODARE

Victoria Toppino Solodare, wife of Robert Solodare, daughter of Edward Toppino Sr., and the late Bettye Toppino, died March 28 on her way home to Key West to celebrate her 63rd birthday on March 31.

She was with her sister, Cassandra Toppino, on a flight from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she was being seen by cancer specialists. Victoria had been treated for cancer since early 2013.

She lived with her husband, Robert Solodare, in Chester, N.J. She had spent the last couple of months in the care of her sister and her three daughters, Melinda Morrison of Newport, R.I., Marianne Toppino of Key West, and Nicole Cisneros McKeen of Cohasset, Mass, and her step daughter Sara Solodare Landis of Centennial Colorado. Her granddaughters, Andrea Toppino of Gainesville, and Savannah McKeen of Cohasset, also spent time with her at her home in New Jersey during the last couple of weeks.

Victoria was the third of four children for Edward and Bettye Toppino, and spent her childhood on Riviera Drive with her brothers Paul E. Toppino and Edward ("Brother") Toppino Jr., and her sister Cassandra. She was much-loved for her wit, dry sense of humor, intelligence and devotion to her husband, daughters and family.

Victoria was educated at St. Genevieve of the Pines Academy, a boarding the boarding school in Asheville, N.C. She later earned a nursing degree at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. Victoria co-founded Crit-a-Care, a nursing agency in Key West specializing in home healthcare for people struggling with AIDS.

She was married in 2003 to Robert Solodare. They lived in Littleton, Colo., from 1998-2001 and moved back to Robert's home in New Jersey, where he serves as Superior Court Officer Special Civil Part.

Victoria is survived by her husband, Robert; her father, Edward Sr.; her stepmother, Betty Lujan Toppino; her brothers, Paul and Brother; her sister, Cassandra; her daughters, Melinda, Marianne and Nicole; her step-daughter, Sara; her granddaughters, Andrea and Savannah and Joella of Centennial Co; her grandsons, Jack, Travis and Charley of Cohasset, Mass and Noah of Centennial, Co.; her step-grandchildren, Sarah McKeen and Mary McKeen of Chicago, and Graham McKeen of Bloomington, Ind.; her nieces, Tiffany Toppino of Key West, Tara Toppino and Meghan Toppino of Naples; her nephews, Christopher Toppino and John Uberti of Key West, and Kevin Toppino of Kansas City; her former husband, Dan Cisneros of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a vast extended family and devoted network of friends.

Visitation will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by Rosary at 8 p.m. at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West. Funeral mass will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West. Burial will follow at the Key West Cemetery.