Anne Angela Agostino of Yonkers, NY went to go be with the Lord on November 5, 2021 in The Bronx, NY, at the age of 99 (2 months from her 100 th Birthday). A distinguished World War II veteran, Anne served courageously after enlisting in the U.S. Army as a Nurse, where she ultimately met her beloved husband, Vincent Agostino.
Anne was born January 16, 1922 in Manhattan, NY. She was raised in The Bronx by her parents Frank & Josephine Granese, where she was the youngest of 7. Her siblings were named Jenny, Frank, Ralph, Millie, George & Joe. A phenomenal distance swimmer in High School & afterward, she was expected to swim the English Channel, but had to abandon that plan after the war began.
After high school, Anne enrolled in Metropolitan School of Nursing to become a RN. Following that, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps where she served as both a General Nurse & Surgical Nurse, and received numerous accolades including a Battle Star, American Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal and German Occupation Ribbon. It was there she also subsequently achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Prior to this, her brother Frank – who served in the Army Air Corps as a Turret Gunner – was shot down in the North Sea where he was initially considered MIA. This particular event contributed to Anne’s brave & steadfast decision to enlist (as well as all her siblings who also served in various roles in the Army, Navy & Coast Guard). Unfortunately, she later discovered her brother Frank was later declared KIA, despite his crew surviving via life raft. After returning home from the war +1 German Shephard puppy which she secured and snuck on board from overseas, Anne married Vincent Agostino where they settled in Yonkers to raise their 3 beloved children.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann (Frank) Magaletta and her son Jim (Anne) Agostino. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren Tina, Billy, Tracy, Amy, Frankie, Tricia, Michael, Toni, Christa, Joseph, Jimmy, Thomas and 22 great grandchildren. Anne is pre-deceased by her husband Vincent, her daughter Jo Ellen (William) Nugent, and the rest of her immediate family previously mentioned.
“Nanny” was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, friend and child of God. She worked part-time for a foster child program as a visiting nurse and served graciously along with her husband for their primary church, Our Lady of Fatima. As a committed Catholic, she regularly attended services and frequently prayed the Rosary. She would give great advice to her loved ones and enjoyed cooking delicious meals, especially her mother’s sacred recipes like lasagna & meatballs (recipes which were only ever communicated verbally, never written). Her & her husband (Poppy) were also incredibly generous with their personal time & resources, inviting their entire extended family to utilize their summer house in LBI, NJ. She also was very fond of Frank Sinatra, Nathan’s Frankfurters and the TV show “Blue Bloods.”
Family and friends are invited to Pleasant Manor Funeral Home, Inc. 575 Columbus Avenue Thornwood, New York 10594 on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM for visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Anne at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Scarsdale on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Anne will be entombed with her beloved husband Vincent who predeceased her on June 16, 2015 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings - on - Hudson, New York following the funeral mass.
~ if you plan to attend the funeral mass on Friday, please arrive to Pleasant Manor by 8:30 AM, or directly at Our Lady of Fatima Church for 10:00 AM ~
In lieu of flowers, Anne's family asks that you kindly consider a donation in Anne's memory to:
Polycystic Kidney Disease
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
American Parkinson Disease Association
~ please see the links below for your convenience ~
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
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