Madeline Costantino, 84
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother; longtime Staten Islander
Madeline Costantino, 84, formerly of Forked River, N.J., completed her life's journey on Oct. 11, 2020, after a long struggle with post Covid-19 complications and dementia.
She was married to her beloved late husband, Charles, for 59 years. They married on Sept. 17, 1960, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. Charles passed from Covid-19 on April 11, 2020.
Mr. and Mrs. Costantino were residents of the NJ State Veterans Home at Menlo Park when they fell ill with Covid.
Born Oct. 23, 1935, to Josephine (Oliveri) and Vincent Riccio in Brooklyn, Madeline grew up in Red Hook, and graduated with honors from Prospect Heights High School in 1953.
She worked as a secretary for the Small Business Administration in Manhattan prior to becoming a stay at home mom.
The couple moved to Staten Island in 1964, and were parishioners and volunteers at St. Joseph-St. Thomas for many years. Mrs. Costantino was a volunteer secretary in the parish school office.
As a community volunteer, she served several years as secretary for the Prince's Bay, Pleasant Plains, Richmond Valley Civic Association.
The Costantinos retired to Forked River in 1998. Madeline was a former parishioner of St. Pius X. She was a member of the choir and Rosary Altar Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Costantino were longtime members of the Lacey Democratic Club and held county committee seats for many years.
Madeline enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, travel and treasured her grandchildren.
A devout Catholic, Madeline made pilgrimages to Fatima, Portugal, Lourdes, France, and The Vatican, Rome, Italy.
She is survived by a daughter, Regina Discenza (Frank), Forked River; a son, Charles Jr. (Sylvia), Holmdel; four grandchildren, US Navy Ensign, Louis Discenza; Christian Discenza, Craig and Amanda Costantino.
She is also survived by her brother, William Riccio (Sharon) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister-in-law, Marilyn Costantino, Bayshore, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Robert Hug Sr. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A joint Mass of Christian Burial will be held for both Madeline and Charles at St. Thomas RC Church, Pleasant Plains, S.I., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.
Burial to follow at Cemetery of the Resurrection, S.I.
In lieu of flowers, mass cards or memorial donations to the Salesians of Don Bosco, Attn: Fr. Steven Ryan, SDB, 174 Filors Ln., Stony Point, N.Y. 10980 would be appreciated.
Eternal rest grant unto Charles and Madeline, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
Many thanks to the staff of JFK Medical Center, Edison and the staff at Community Hospital, Toms River, that cared for my mom over 63 days since April 21, 2020.
Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home
26 Mule Road
Toms River, N.J. 08755
Published in Staten Island Advance on Oct. 15, 2020.