Margaret Ann Sabatiello passed away Saturday Jan. 5, 2013, at Glennwood Nursing Home.
Margaret was born July 9, 1918, in East Harlem, New York City. She moved to the Bronx in 1932 and lived there for 50 years. She graduated from high school at 15 years old and began working, first in the steel industry for 14 years and then as a school secretary from 1957 to 1982.
After moving to Florence to be near her family, she became active in many aspects of the community, including St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts and the Institute for Learning in Retirement at UNA. She was devoted to her family and loved to read, travel and entertain. She was proud of, and known for, the Italian cooking skills she learned from her mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucido and Francesca Capozzola, and by her husband, William J. Sabatiello.
Survivors include her daughters, Marian (Randy) Hester, of Tuscumbia, and Kathy (Jerry) Colontonio, of New York; grandchildren, Will Hester (Titus Daniels), of Nashville, Nicholas (Bess) Hester, of Virginia, Emily (Jason) Reaves, of Hoover, William Lanzana (Melanie Miller), of Virginia and Denise (Charles) Alfano, of New York; great-grandchildren, Luke Hester Reaves and Eleanor Fay Hester; siblings, Carmine Capozzola, Angela DeMarco and Robert Capozzola; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Our Lady of the Shoals Catholic Church in Tuscumbia. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Father Don Bosco Forsythe and Father Andrew Sullivan. Entombment will follow in the Love Mausoleum at Greenview Memorial Park, Florence.
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff and nurses of Glenwood Healthcare and Dr. Webb for the kind and gentle care she received there, to Betty Hinton and Helen Austin for the assistance they provided at home, and to Vera Schramm, Barbara Lehrter and Joan Hruby for their love and thoughtfulness.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Joseph School Foundation, 115 Plum St., Florence, AL 35630, or The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, 1201 11th Ave. South Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 36205.
An online guest book may be viewed and signed at greenviewmmeorial.com.
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.