11/30/1931 – 4/12/2023
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful and sweet mother, wife and sister, Lydia. Lydia was surrounded by her family and their love as she peacefully transitioned from this earth with her angel wings into heaven. She was 91 years old.
Lydia was born in Friuli, Italy in 1931 and at 16 years old immigrated to New York City with her family. She returned in 1955 to marry the love of her life, Angelo “Nino”, beginning 67 years of wedded bliss. Together they started their life journey in the Bronx, had three children and eventually built a home in Carmel, from where they anchored their family to this day.
Lydia was lucky enough to live with her mother, Angela, from birth until Angela’s passing. Lydia patiently cared for Angela as she became more frail in her later years. Angela was often the maestro in the kitchen with Lydia as the musician. With Lydia’s sister Silvana, they made a great team, showing their family what love really meant.
Lydia’s partnership with Angelo was strong and unwavering. She often rose at 4:30 am to make sure he had a good start to his workday. They never parted without a kiss.
Lydia was a dynamo with tons of energy. From the massive garden Angelo kept, she transformed the nonstop harvest into freezers and jars full of nurturing food for her family. She grew and tended beautiful flowers around her home and garden. Not one to be idle, she worked as a seamstress and as an administrative assistant at Guideposts in Carmel–but she retired when Angelo did, to join him in the garden.
As a loving mother, her three kids had happy childhoods. Lydia was a constant source of warmth and safety. She was playful, never moody, never cross; you could always trust her. As her family grew, she cherished any opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren.
Lydia was a very social person. She was open to all people, regardless of their background showing her family how to accept everyone. With a big smile and a light heart, she made connections, whether they were with a casual stranger or an old friend. She loved spending time with family and friends for meals and holidays, entertaining, visiting, going out for shopping and a “slice”. At Italian Club dinner-dances, she and Dad would chat and laugh with friends and gracefully whirl around the room to a good polka or waltz. And Lydia loved a good joke.
Lydia had a strong faith in God and was a devout Catholic. She was a member of St. James the Apostle Church in Carmel.
She is survived by her husband Angelo, her three children — Rita (Doug), Edward (Gracine) and Susan (Frank) — by her sister, Silvana and by her seven grandchildren: Craig, Kyle, Lucas, Hannah, Austin, Mark and Everett.
There is so much more to say…but now she has the peace that she deserves. She left part of herself in us. She will be missed.
Visitation to honor and celebrate Lydia’s life will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cargain Funeral Homes, 10 Fowler Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512.
A Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023 at St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512.
Following the Mass, Lydia will be escorted to her final resting place for interment at Raymond Hill Cemetery, 165 NY-52, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc., 10 Fowler Avenue, Carmel, NY, 10512, (845) 225-3672, www.cargainfuneralhomes.com.