Catherine (Cathy) Gloria Cangro died peacefully on, June 3, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. Friends and family may visit on Thursday, June 9th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm at Matthews Funeral Home, Willowbrook. A Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, June 10th at 10:45 am at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Castleton Corners. Burial will take place at Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.
Cathy was born on May 28, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the youngest of five children born to Antonio and Catherine Petrino. She grew up and attended school in Brooklyn and Long Island. As a young woman, Cathy pursued a singing career under the name Kathleen Peters and was even on the radio - a milestone she always considered one of the proudest moments of her life. She later went to work for National Quotation in Manhattan, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.
In 1953, while on vacation, Cathy met Carmine (Charlie) Cangro. They began, what was for them, a “long-distance romance”. They quickly tired of ferry and subway rides and married in May of 1954. The couple settled on Staten Island, “another world,” as she often proclaimed. Three years later, they welcomed their twin sons, Charles and Peter, and moved their family to Castleton Corners. Cathy remained there for the next 59 years.
While her children were young, she worked the early shift at the former Four Corners bakery. Later, she worked as a medical records clerk at Staten Island Hospital, making the move from the original location to the new hospital in South Beach. Cathy’s favorite hobbies were playing bingo and cards, going bowling and taking trips to Atlantic City.
In 2013, Cathy, who hated the cold and snow, relocated to Estero, Florida. She loved the climate and the pace of life in Florida.
Cathy was a devoted wife, mother and "Nana" to her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She is survived by her children, Peter (Christina) of Bonita Springs, Florida and Charles (Annette) of New Springville; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Cangro) Sherman (Phillip) and Matthew (Megan); great granddaughter, Grace Sherman; and many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Carmine; parents, Catherine and Antonio; brothers, Guglielmo (Willy) and Rocco (Rocky); and sisters, Madeline Narissi and Grace Calasso.
Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.