Mary I Sabbatino

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Mary I Sabbatino

<p>Mary Sabbatino (neé DeRienzo) was born on November 4, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the first child to Angelo and Elisabeth DeRienzo, both of whom emigrated from Southern Italy. Mary had two siblings: her sister, Irene, and brother, Paul. Her Italian heritage was a source of great pride, and she believed family and faith were the basis of all happiness. She lived with these values and transmitted them to her own children.</p><p><br></p><p>Mary had a rewarding career in retail and enjoyed her work as a buyer of children’s clothes. She studied fashion design at Girls Commercial High School and in her later years studied humanities at Fordham’s College at 60, nearly completing a bachelor’s degree. Mary was on the team that opened the Garden City branch of Abraham &amp; Strauss. In 1957 she married Joseph Sabbatino, an attorney at law, introduced by her brother, Paul DeRienzo. She and her husband moved to Rockville Centre in 1958. Mary took on a new, lifelong role with the birth of her first child, Mary (1958); mother. In the following four years, Mary and her husband Joseph welcomed two more children: Francesca (1959) and Joseph (1962 - 2010). Her children remember her as creative, loving, unfailingly energetic and positive, someone who was a model of resilience and courage. She also treasured her nieces, nephew, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, delighting in their company. She felt strongly that children “are the most important people in your life.”</p><p><br></p><p>Mary had many talents: sewing quilts for each new family member, extraordinary cooking, and baking abilities, -her plum tart and pumpkin cheese are famous – but her real talent was making friends. Mary could talk to absolutely anyone and found everyone an interesting subject, making new friends even until her Nineties. She valued the art of a handwritten note, developing ongoing correspondence with famous artists, authors and even the bishop of this diocese. She was generous with her time, her attention, and her resources. She loved visiting museums and particularly enjoyed opera at the Metropolitan with her sister, Irene. In typical Mary fashion, she befriended their seatmates and became lifelong friends.</p><p><br></p><p>After the death of her husband, Mary remade her life and focused on volunteer service at Mercy Hospital (now Catholic Health Services). Lovingly known as “the book lady,” she was decorated as the volunteer with the most hours and took great pride in her entrepreneurial role, selling used books and regularly reporting the income to the hospital CEO. Additionally, she remained an active parishioner of over 65 years at St. Agnes Cathedral. She taught CCD and later became a member of the Resurrection Choir.</p><p><br></p><p>Mary is survived by a loving extended family: daughters Mary Sabbatino (David Wells), Francesca Sabbatino (Adam Abrego); sister, Irene DeRienzo; grandchildren: Jordan Trainor (Jimmy Trainor), Joseph Sabbatino (Meghan Sabbatino), Marianna and William Wells; Frida Abrego and Amanda Phillipps (Deon Phillipps); her great grandchild, Amelia Trainor, her nieces and nephews: Paul DeRienzo, Giselle Licursi (Peter Licursi), James DeRienzo (Jeanne DeRienzo , John DeRienzo (Rebecca DeRienzo); grandnieces and nephews: Amber, Crystal, Dylan, Peter, Marielle, Elena, Paul, Matthew, Arias, Stephen, Juliet, Olivia, Rachel and Joshua; great grandniece and nephews: Miles, Piero and Elena Ming.</p><p><br></p><p>She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph F. Sabbatino (1989), her son, Joseph P. Sabbatino (2010) and her brother, Paul P. DeRienzo (2023). We will all miss her dearly but are comforted that she is reunited with her beloved husband, brother, and son.</p><p>The visitation will be at Macken’s Mortuary on June 10th from 4 to 8 PM. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday, June 11th at St. Agnes Cathedral at 10:45 AM; burial follows at Holy Rood Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to Mercy Hospital Foundation:</p><p>The family expresses its gratitude to Luisa Tejada, Grace Sawil, Kath Tumala and Claire Gamong for their care in ensuring Mary’s safety, comfort and wellbeing these last three years and Good Shepherd Hospice and her nurse Gerri for care in her final months</p><p><br></p>
November 4, 1922 - June 6, 202411/04/192206/06/2024
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