Claudette Mary Messana

Claudette Mary Messana of Peconic Landing in Greenport, and formerly of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. and Little Neck, N.Y., died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. She was 90 years old.

Claudette was born on Aug. 10, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Mary and Claudio Casola. She was one of six children. Raised in Brooklyn, she graduated from Prospect High School. On Aug. 7, 1954, in Brooklyn, she married the love of her life, Leonard A. Messana, and together they had three children.

She was a stay-at-home mom until pursuing her career as a high school paraprofessional for Great Neck School District for 20 years. She was a member of the NYS Teachers Union and a member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Fort Salonga, N.Y. 

Predeceased by her husband, Leonard; her son Kerry Messana; and her sisters Lorraine DeLeo and Arleen Cardi; she is survived by her children Robert Messana (Susanne) of Southold and Lori Messana-Amodeo (Frank) of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren Thomas Messana, Paige Messana and Matthew Messana; and siblings Larry Casola (Elaine) of Cape Coral, Fla., Martin Casola of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Frank Salmieri (Nancy) of Endwell, N.Y.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Fort Salonga, with Pastor Robert Schoepflin officiating. Interment will take place at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, N.Y.

DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold is assisting the family.

This is a paid notice.