Mary Teresa 'Terry' (Fantasia) Costagliola,94
Retired investment officer, loved cooking with and for her family
Dongan Hills resident Mary Teresa "Terry" Costagliola, nee Fantasia, a retired seamstress and investment officer, died at home surrounded by family on January 1, 2021. She was 94.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Giro "Jerry" A. Costagliola; her sister, Jessie Vitiello; and her brother, Augustine Fantasia.
Born in Gaeta, Italy, on July 5, 1926, Terry immigrated to the United States with her mother, the late Vincenza Palmina (DiPerna) Fantasia, at the age of 2. She became a naturalized citizen in 1928, as her father Adolfo Fantasia was already naturalized and living and working in Brooklyn. The family settled in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Terry attended P.S. 27.
Terry was the first member of her family to attend high school and college. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1944, and attended Pratt Institute for dress making for two years. She left to work in the bridal department at B. Altman and Company.
In 1950, she married Jerry, the love of her life, upon his return home from World War II. They had known each other since childhood. They moved to Bensonhurst to start their family, and relocated to Dongan Hills in 1967.
Terry continued to work while her children were in school - at the former Pathmark in New Dorp and the Community Bank on Guyon Avenue. Always a go-getter, Terry also began selling Tupperware to help her family. She was so successful with her team, "The Busy Burpers", she became a regional manager, earning a company car and vacations to Disney! She enrolled at Staten Island Community College for business courses to assist with her job at Irving Trust and Co., where she worked as an investment officer until her retirement in 1988.
Terry was an avid Yankees fan. Pity the person sitting near her at the Stadium who was wearing the colors of the opposing team!
Her children remember Terry's adherence to one of her father's old sayings - "If you educate your son, you educate a man. If you educate your daughter, you educate a family." Education was extremely important to Terry.
Terry adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren - the latter of which earned her the nickname "GG" - baking cookies with them at Christmas, teaching them how to sew, tailoring and hemming outfits and dance costumes. Everyone will remember her stories, her infectious laughter, dancing the Jitterbug at family gatherings with her life-long friend Donnie, and her great love for her family.
Terry was a parishioner of St. Ann's R.C. Church, Dongan Hills, where she sang in the choir and volunteered with the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Terry is survived by her two sons, William and his wife, Kathy, of Helotes, TX; Jon and his wife, Dr. Lisa Cortese, of Cream Ridge, N.J.; two daughters, Lynda Costagliola and her husband, Larry Teatum, of Staten Island; and Janet Mazza and her husband, Michael, of Orlando, FL.; her grandchildren, Katrina and Alex MacDonnell, Ashley Teatum and Steve McConnell, Billy and Chrissy Costagliola, Kristina Mazza, Jessica and Vince Fioravanti, Lisa Mazza, Brianna Costagliola, Andrew Costagliola. Terry adored her two great-granddaughters, Penelope MacDonnell and Olivia Costagliola, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be handled by Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, N.Y., 10306. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, January 10, from 4pm-8pm. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Ann's Church on Monday, January 11, at 10:00am. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be in place, with no more than 20 mourners allowed in the chapel at a time. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Staten Island University Northwell Hospice for the care and love they provided Terry, especially Administrative Director Paula M. McAvoy, Nurses Ann and Lisa, and social worker Mildred.
We are especially grateful for our angel on earth, Melissa, for showing mom grace, dignity, and compassion in the hardest of days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Staten Island University Hospice Care, 78 Meisner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306 or St. Ann's Church, 101 Cromwell Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10304.
Hanley Funeral Home
60 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Published in Staten Island Advance on Jan. 8, 2021.