Mary Zaccari Nasca passed away on August 2, 2023. She was 96 years old.
She was born to Anthony and Jennie (Saglimben) Zaccari on January 14, 1927, in Dunkirk, New York, and she was predeceased by her husband Carl, brothers Phillip, Peter, and Frank, and her son David.
She is survived by her sister Concetta; four sons Carl, Ronald, Paul, and Thomas; five granddaughters Gina Thompson, Jessica Nasca, Kara Dunn, Elizabeth Guzzetta, and Laura Sarapochillo; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Widowed in 1959, she worked nights at Brooks Memorial hospital as a Registered Nurse and finished her nursing career as a Supervisor at the Chautauqua County Infirmary. Through her hard work and family support, she was able to put her boys through Catholic grade school, Catholic high school, and college.
She was truly an inspiration to her children, grandchildren, and all who knew her. The moral and personal support of her family was considerable and never taken for granted by her or her sons.
Her wish to stay at home as she battled Alzheimer’s was made possible by her sons Ronald, Thomas, and Paul, with continued support by her sister Concetta and with long term home care by Sandy.
There will be a funeral mass held for Mary at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fredonia at 10 am on Monday, August 21, 2023, with burial at Holy Trinity Cemetery. A reception will follow at 11:30 at the Fredonia Beaver Club at 64 Prospect Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary’s honor to an Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES scholarship fund. Checks can be made payable to the E2CCB Educational Foundation and sent to Carolyn A. Robertson, School Business Administrator, Cleveland Hill UFSD, 105 Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.
A slideshow tribute to her life can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/yj9rvfdx.