Laura Lazzari Osta

Laura Lazzari Osta RotterdamLaura Margaret Osta, 86, passed away into eternal life after being stricken suddenly at home on Friday, May 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving children. Born in 1927 in Parma, Italy, Laura, at 9 months old, was brought to her beloved America by her loving parents, Joseph and Aurelia Lazzari in that same year. She was raised and educated in Schenectady, NY. After graduating from Mont Pleasant High School, she became a secretary at the General Electric Plant in Schenectady for the next nine years. In 1952, she married the love of her life, William Osta, and became a full-time homemaker. Together they built their own house, and raised five children. In the last years of their 54 year marriage, she stood firmly by his side through sickness, until he drew his last breath. Her immense energy and loyalty as a loving mother, wife, and person was only surpassed and enhanced by her profound compassion as a devout Catholic. Through prayer and actions she remained a true follower of Christ Jesus, embracing the poor, the sick, the needy, as well as a stranger, friend and family. Fiercely humble, she would deny all of this praise. Laura leaves behind her five beloved children, Edward (Katie) Osta, Joanna Osta, William Jr. (Meredith) Osta, Gerard Osta, and Aurelia (Chris) Colamarino, all of Schenectady. She is also survived by her most precious grandchildren, Lauren Osta, Leslie Osta, Billy (Dana) Osta, Emily Osta, Max Osta, Xavier Osta, Laura Colamarino, William Osta, and Luke Osta. She is also survived by her cherished sisters, Mary Mastroianni and Louise DiLeva. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William Osta Sr.; her cherished brothers, Max and Michael Lazzari; and dear brothers-in-law, Pasquale Mastroianni and Nicholas DiLeva. The family will always remember the loving care of her doctor and nephew, Dr. Anthony Mastroianni and his wife, Sue. A special thanks to the Rotterdam Paramedics, EMS, police, and Ellis Hospital Emergency Ward who valiantly, without pause, tried to save her. The family would also especially like to thank Father Richard Carlino, her parish pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church of Schenectady, NY. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Demarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Rotterdam. Services will begin at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning from the funeral home thence to the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Union Street, for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at Saint Cyrils Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church Restoration Fund, 816 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308. Arrangements have been made by R.J. DeLuccia Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Avenue Rotterdam, NY 12306
(518) 355-5770

Published in The Daily Gazette on May 13, 2013