My beloved Mother, our Mimi, and Great Mimi, Marie A. Dagostino, 90, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Ellis Hospital after a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Schenectady, born August 9, 1930, she was daughter of Carmella (Pintavalle) and Raymond Caporale, graduating from Mont Pleasant High School. On February 4, 1951 she married U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Kenneth A. Dagostino, and together they started their life at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon his honorable discharge, they returned to Schenectady, she becoming a homemaker and supporter of Ken, as he began his career in the family business, Dagostino Building Blocks.
She was the devoted and beloved wife of 65 years to Ken, who adored her since their days as teenage sweethearts, most loving mother of Kenneth G. Dagostino, mother in law of Anna Maria, whom she shared a very special loving connection and relationship; “Mimi” of Kenneth A. II (Christine), and Steven (Colleen) Dagostino; and “Great Mimi” of Olivia Marie, Kenneth A. III, Luciana Rose, Madalena Sloane, and Steven Gerard, Jr., Dagostino.
Her family, especially her grandsons and great grandchildren were an absolute pride, joy, and love of her life. She always looked forward to attending any event, wherever, and whenever, with her husband Ken, making it so loving, so special, and so important for everybody. Together they were proud, loyal, and supportive basketball fans of Guilderland HS, Iona College, The College of Saint Rose, Mohonasen HS, and Colonie HS. She was truly our “Mimi”, a blessing of a gift to our family from God above, and loved by all she met. “The beauty of the soul is constant, continuous, and endless.”
She was deeply dedicated in her Catholic faith, with a special devotion to the Blessed Mother by praying her many daily rosaries for everyone’s special needs, devoted to her favorite Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, the Auriesville Shrine, and as a communicant of the St. Madeleine Sophie-Saint Gabriel Parish.
Over the years she worked locally at the Carl Co., Hotel Van Curler, USMC Administrative Offices, GE, Navy Depot, Sofas & Chairs, Finserve, and the Lions Eye Bank. Her interests included interior decorating, home bureau, exercise classes, the Rotterdam Elks LORE, and volunteering at Pintavalle Pharmacy, St. Gabriel’s Church, and St. Clare’s Hospital.
She was predeceased by her husband Ken in 2016, parents, Carmella and Raymond Caporale, her in-laws, Mary and Frank Dagostino and brother in laws Andy Dagostino (Beryl), and Lawrence Dagostino (Christine). She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to thank Dr. Francois Vachon, Colleen, and the staff of Capital Care Guilderland for their many years of excellent care, friendship, and love, the Ellis Hospital C5 Wing, The Community Hospice of Schenectady, and all of her health care professionals for their compassion and professionalism.
And a very special, very loving thank you to her Kingsway Manor Assisted Living Community family of employees and residents, whom she truly loved, deeply appreciating, recognizing, and respecting each and every one of them, and their daily personalized professional care, and genuine heartwarming smiles and laughs, especially with all the “Susie” stories.
At Marie’s request, and due to the Covid-19, the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Saint Madeleine Sophie Church, with entombment in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery Mausoleum, Niskayuna, will all be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate any memorial contributions be made to Saint Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Road, Schenectady, 12303.
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