Mary Louise Gagliano
OTEGO — Mary Louise Gagliano, 90, entered into eternal peace after a long battle with dementia on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Mary was born on April 23, 1923, in Shady, the daughter of Mabel and Joseph Pecora.
Her family moved to Brooklyn, where she grew up. She attended Booty Junior High School and Lafayette High School. Due to the Great Depression, she left high school in her junior year to help her parents support the family. She earned her GED at age 40, she was very proud of that.
She met the love of her life, Frank Gagliano, when she was 16. They married on Dec. 11, 1943, during a week long furlough from the United States Army-Air Corps, at the Our Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn.
Frank then went overseas. During World War II, Mary worked at a plant where she sighted in the sights used on bombs. She also worked nights part time for the United States Post Office in Brooklyn as a mail sorter.
After the war, she became a housewife for the rest of her life and a caregiver to her extended family. She was proud of that title. We are grateful for all that she did. We love you Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Chickie.
Her life was well spent doing what she loved most, taking care of family. She will always be remembered for her sense of style, love of old movies, and unconditional love for all.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta, since moving here from East Islip, in 1975.
She is survived by her only child, Barbara Ann, and son-in-law Fred Enck of Otego; her grandsons, Bruce Enck and his wife, Kelly of Hancock, Wis., Brian Enck and his wife, Adina of Unadilla and Barrett Enck and his wife, Nicole of Baldwinsville; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon Enck and his wife, LiQuan of Schaumburg, Ill., Kaitlin Enck and Bridger Enck of Hancock, Wis., Aubrey and Teagan Enck of Unadilla, Elizabeth, Amelia, and Charles “Charlie” Ro of Baldwinsville. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces, Ann Keach and her husband, Stan of Marietta, Ohio, Linda Crowley and her husband, William of Cape Coral, Fla., and Sandra Vaquerizo and her husband, Juan of Orlando, Fla.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.
Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Frank; her siblings, Jody Kelly and her husband, Lee, Louise Pecora, William Pecora and Ann Eldred; and her beloved nieces, Kim Louise Kelly and Denise.
We would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Hawthorne Cottage, at the NYS Veterans Home, for all of the gentle care given to Mary over the six years that she lived there.
As Mary requested, there will be no public calling hours.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Ben Ampong, officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Otego.
Please do not send flowers, we will be planting a tree in her memory at her home in Otego at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Mary’s memory to the Otego Emergency Squad, 5 River St., P.O. Box 467, Otego, NY 13825; Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820; or to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be greatly appreciated.
To light a candle or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit the website www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Otego.