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Catherine A. Vaccaro

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BENNINGTON -- Catherine A. Vaccaro, 93, a resident of Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sunday morning, July 4, 2004 at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation where she had resided the past few months. Mrs. Vaccaro was born in Castelle dell Mare, Sicily on Sept. 1, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Vito and Giovanna (Fasullo) Gerbino. She emigrated to New York City with her family and received her education in Manhattan schools. She had been a seamstress before she became co-proprietor, along with her husband Michael, of Hollywood Fruit Market, retiring in 1975. In addition to raising three children, she had cared for her elderly parents until their deaths. She was a member of AMICO Italian American Club and has been an avid member and volunteer for more than 28 years. At the time of her death she was serving as president. At the age of 90, she was honored by the state of New York for her distinguished volunteerism. She was a communicant of Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. She enjoyed cooking authentic Italian food and fussing over her children and grandchildren. She was married to Michael A. Vaccaro in 1932, he died on April 27,1988.

She leaves a daughter, Maria Carella Cavalieri, of East Arlington; her sons, G. William Vaccaro and his wife Elsie of Nashua, N.H. and Victor Vaccaro and his wife Bernadette of Savannah, Ga.; an “adopted son,” Peter Goldfinger of Brooklyn; her grandchildren, Catherine and Gerard Bogdon, Barbara and Jim Garavaglia, Michael and Kim Vaccaro, Matthew and Jacquie Vaccaro, Todd and Beth Vaccaro, Vanessa V. Vaccaro, Peter and Tina Carella, Cathy and Marty Reese, Stephen and Jennifer Cavalieri and Mark Cavalieri; nine great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Transfer will be made by the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home to the Aievoli Funeral Home, 1275 65th Street, Brooklyn where calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 7 from 2 to 4:40 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. The liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated from Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens.

Memorial gifts may be made in memory of Mrs. Vaccaro to Manchester Home Health Services in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family or for information please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 5, 2004
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