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Lillian Rose DeMattia

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Lillian Rose DeMattia Obituary
DeMattia, Lillian Rose CASTLETON Lillian Rose DeMattia, nee Ianieri, formerly of Massapequa, N.Y., was born in Endicott, N.Y. on May 6, 1920, to the late Rafael and Mary (Picciano) Ianieri. She died at home on August 31, 2018, with her daughter and caregiver Linda Underwood by her side. Lillian was predeceased by her husband Frank Sr.; her son Frank Jr., and an infant son; her granddaughter Jenna DeMattia; her sisters, Madeline Rizzuto and Teresa Ianiari; and brother Carmine Ianieri. She is survived by her sisters, Anita Barkley of Huntingdon, Pa. and Lorraine Barnabee of West Sayville, N.Y.; her daughter Linda Underwood of Castleton; her son Leonard of Denver and her son Gregory (DonnaRae) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; grandchildren, Kimberly Schneider (Kevin) of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brant Underwood (Kathleen) of Hawthorne, N.Y., Gwenn Toporek (Andrew) of Colonie and William Pillette of Lake Forest, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Hannah DeMattia, Brysen and Alec Schneider, and Colter Underwood; and cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and caring home health aides. Lillian was the oldest Democratic Committee Member in Rensselaer County and was proud she cast her first vote for F.D.R. She was employed as a telephone operator, working in the 1940s for Bell Laboratories, the Daily News, United Artists, and for the US Government during World War II. She retired in 1989 from Brunswick Hospital on Long Island. Lillian was beloved for her sense of humor, kindness, and generosity. Calling hours are on Wednesday, September 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Rockefeller Funeral Home, East Greenbush. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 13, at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Castleton. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Lillian's name to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer, or the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance, both of which gave her compassionate and loving care when she was most in need.
Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 9, 2018
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