Blanche Virginia Magnotti Blanche Magnotti, daughter of the late Frederick Winfield Smith and the late Edna Lillian Westinghouse, departed this life on July 3, 2021. Blanche is survived by her loving son, Joseph Magnotti; sister, Virginia Guido, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She is also predeceased by her nephew and godchild, Frankie Guido. Blanche was born on Jan. 28, 1943 in Baltimore, MD., but raised in Brooklyn where she studied business and fashion in high school and then attended St. John's University. For most of her adult life, she lived and worked in the New York City area. Blanche was employed at the World Trade Center for Marsh McLennan and Merrill Lynch before retiring in the early 2000s. After her retirement, Blanche continued to work as a Nanny and also volunteered as a reading tutor for elementary school students. Blanche was an avid shopper, with a keen interest in personal fashion and home dcor. Her interests included travel, music and dancing, Renaissance Fairs, and vacationing at the beach. She was an avid reader who especially favored crime novels and history. She also loved animals and had a number of dogs as pets over the years. After her full retirement, she resided in Maryland, for a few years, to be near her sister, Nancy Kupperian. In 2015, Blanche returned to Staten Island. She was well-known for her lively spirit and sense of humor. She will be missed by all those who knew her and enjoyed her company, especially her dear family and friends. Blanche has been interred at Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp, S.I.
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Published by Staten Island Advance from Jul. 7 to Jul. 8, 2021.