Antoinette Cusumano

Antoinette Cusumano fashion designer, volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, died on February 8, 2013. She passed peacefully at her Timber Ridge apartment in Eureka in the company of her daughter, Noelle Marak, and son-in-law Louis Marak. She was 99. Ann was born to Frank and Mary Ferrari in New York City October 21, 1913. Her beloved brother Joseph was born 3 years later, and they remained close until his death in 2005. A graduate of the prestigious art schools Pratt Institute and Traphagen School of Design, Ann's life was filled with art and creativity. She married renowned artist Stefano Cusumano in 1939 and was his constant companion until his death in 1975. In 1950, Ann pursued a career in fashion design and was employed in the industry for many years. During this time, she raised her two children, Noelle and Peter (1943-2008), who gave her the greatest joy. Later, she worked as a volunteer in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Restoration Department restoring vintage clothing and textiles (and thrilling her two, young, visiting grandsons with after hours tours of the museum's vast collections). Ann continued living in New York, enjoying everything the city offered (museums, university courses, amateur theater groups, and wonderful friends) until, at age 92, she moved to Eureka, California to be near her daughter. Ann never forgot her New York friends and wished to thank them all for the love and fun they shared. Ann's California years brought many new friends into her life and she also wished to thank them for all their love and support. In her 99 years, Ann never lost her sense of curiosity and open mindedness. She was always excited to find something new--an obscure word to use in her next Scrabble game, an interesting article, or a great recipe. Her thirst for knowledge and new experiences were part of what made her such a joy to be around and endeared her to such a diverse group of loving friends and family. For those whose lives she touched, Ann's enthusiasm for the things she loved, her quick wit, and her brilliant smile will be dearly missed and always fondly remembered. Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Noelle and Louis Marak, grandsons Jason and Ethan Marak, and their wives Jennifer Cahill and Cindy Snow. She is also survived by Jason and Jennifer's son and daughter, her adored great-grandchildren, Louie and Annie--named after her great grandmother, Ann. Ann and her family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Timber Ridge in Eureka for all the kind and loving care she received. We would also like to thank Hospice of Humboldt for their support and care during Ann's last months. Honoring Ann's wishes, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Humboldt. Please sign the guest book at, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, 2013