Teresa Schiavoni died at San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport Aug. 29.
Teresa was born July 21, 1929, in Piedilama, Ascoli Piceno. She married Dominick Schiavoni and traveled with him and his father, Julius, to America on the ship Saturnia, after a journey to Naples. They arrived Dec. 10, 1948.
The couple first lived with the senior Schiavonis in Greenport, where Dominick worked at the family bowling alley. They moved to their own tiny cottage in Greenport after Teresa started working on circuit boards at Hazeltine Corporation in Riverhead, eventually settling in 1960 into a new home, where Teresa remained after Dominick’s death in 1998.
Family members said Teresa was “a dynamo,” and was very proud of her meticulous work on the E2C Hawkeye, the airborne early warning and command and control aircraft operated by the military since 1973. An Italian cook, Teresa would make her own pasta, can her tomatoes, and give lacy pizzelle cookies at Christmas. She was an expert gardener, mulching her leftovers and raising her own food. She insisted on mowing her own lawn until recently, when a generous neighbor took over. Teresa loved her independence and self-sufficiency, but she was also a generous friend and neighbor.
She leaves behind an extended Schiavoni family who had become her American family, including many nieces and nephews. Her last surviving sibling, Adriana, still lives in Ascoli Piceno.
Teresa was a member of St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport. Father Richard Hoerning will perform the graveside service at the church cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.
Arrangements were in the care of Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.