Anna Zaccardo, of Ossining, NY, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2016 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She was 94 years old. Anna, one of four children, was born in New York City on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Italian immigrant parents. She married Vincent Zaccardo in 1943, who predeceased her 40 years ago. Together, they raised four children: Ann Marie Smith Bill, Toni Natarelli Pat, Carolyn Tragni and Vincent. She was so proud of her seven grandchildren: Jeffrey, Joanna, Patrick, James Maggie, Damon Alyse, Austin Maiko and Caroline; and three great grandchildren, Magnolia, Vincent, and Leona, the loves of her life. Anna was a dedicated mother who taught her children to "always do the right thing," a concept that guided them through adulthood. She was an amazing matriarch who made sure she was present at every significant occasion in her children's and grandchildren's lives. Whether the event was a soccer game, ballet performance or reading stories in the classroom, she embraced her role as a Grandmother to its fullest. She was incredibly skilled at knitting and sewing and was famous for her gourmet cooking, most notably her Italian "gravy", a recipe that has been successfully passed down through the generations. She loved her butter pecan ice cream and "a little something with her coffee."She enjoyed playing mahjong with friends, pokeno after Christmas dinner and cards with her grandchildren, who loved her "triple kisses." For many years, Anna worked at B. Altman's, where she was known for her expertise in helping customers make fashionable dress selections. Always a lady, she had her own personal style, including her affinity for Estee Lauder perfume, a scent that identified her presence. Anna loved fashion and had a particular fondness for anything with a leopard pattern. She was also an avid reader and a fan of the New York Yankees. Anna worked as a receptionist at St. Cabrini Nursing Home for twenty years. She was remembered as "a constant ray of sunshine when you walked through the doors…always ready with a welcoming greeting and smile." For many years, she was a member of Cabrini's Volunteer Auxiliary, where she spent countless hours assisting residents and fund raising. The family would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, all of the efforts of her personal aide, Karyn, and those who cared for her at St. Cabrini and Hospice of Westchester. A mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated in the chapel at St. Cabrini Nursing Home on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 1pm, where family will receive friends. Interment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anna's name to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. Anna leaves a legacy of love to all who knew her.
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