Marie Caldararo, of Flushing , Queens passed away early Thanksgiving morning with her daughter Sara and daughter—in-law Yvonne by her side.
Marie’s life stretched a remarkable 90 years. She was the daughter of two Italian immigrants, born in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. She graduated from junior college and worked as a buyer. At the age of twenty two she married the love of her life, Louis Caldararo, and started a family of her own, eventually moving to Queens.
An avid reader, vicious scrabble player, and savvy shopper she was always beautifully dressed and accessorized. Nails and hair always impeccable. We called her “the diva”.
A gracious hostess, her Christmas Eves were so memorable, with Pop Pop dressed as Santa in a room of excited grandchildren handing out toys, and moms Italian specialties on the table.
She had strength and fortitude beyond belief, beating two stage 3 cancers in her mid sixties with nary a complaint and no self pity. Chemo on Tuesday, Jersey Shore on Friday . She was unstoppable. A fighter till the end. An inspiration to us all.
The family you left behind is bereft. We will have you in our hearts always.
Thanks for your unconditional love and support over the years.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to her church, St. Andrew Avellino Church, in Flushing would be appreciated.