January 29, 1919 – March 11, 2018
Concetta Guerra, a longtime resident of Copiague, L.I. died Sunday, March 11th with her family close beside her.
Connie, to those who knew and loved her, passed just one month after celebrating her 99th birthday.
Connie was born at home on Henry Street in Brooklyn to her late parents, Frank and Italia (Mary) DeNardo and was later raised in Bay Ridge. She attended the Brooklyn Industrial High School for Girls where she studied Dressmaking. She excelled in Math and because of her good grades, was able to graduate early at the age of 16.
She went to work helping her mother support the family, when her father became disabled. During World War II, while her brothers were called into service, Connie went to work for the Sperry Corporation making gyroscopes for military aircraft. She also volunteered at the USO.
She met her future husband, Edward Guerra, at a family party in early 1947. They married later that year and eventually made their home in Copiague in 1951, where they raised their three children. Edward passed in 1968, and Connie lovingly continued caring for their children by herself while transitioning her part time job to full time hours. She did her best to ensure she was home when her children were.
Connie was a devoted member of the Rosary Altar Society of Our lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague. She was a dedicated volunteer who could be found working at the church's annual feast, Bingo games, auctions and community gatherings. Connie could be considered a 'founding' member of the Tanner Park Senior Center, as she attended and voiced her opinions at Babylon Town Hall meetings concerning Tanner Park's lack of a facility for seniors while other town parks did. She had been an active member since its' inception.
She spent her spare time, traveling, reading, doing crafts and later crocheting blankets, which she donated to the local neonatal unit in the hospital as well as the disabled veterans in Northport.
Surviving are her children - her daughter, Deanna Nantista and her son-in-law, Peter; her son, Phil and her daughter-in-law, Carol and her daughter, Lorraine Morrow; her grandchildren - Ed, Peter and Steven Nantista, Lauren Guerra-Ghaney and Ken Morrow; and her great-granddaughters, Emma Nantista and Charlotte Ghaney. Predeceasing Connie is her husband, Edward; and her brothers Anthony, Philip, George and Francis DeNardo.
Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7-9:30 p.m., and on Thursday from 2-4:30 and 7-9:30 p.m. During the evening hours on Thursday at 8 p.m., Deacon Phil Mills will offer the Wake Service. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague. Interment will follow at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Remembrances may be made in Connie's name to the Rosary Altar Society of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, or to Maria Regina Rehabilitation Center in Brentwood. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
- First Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
- Second Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Third Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Wake Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, March 16, 2018
- Interment Friday, March 16, 2018
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Kathy Jensen (DeNardo)
March 25, 2018
I remember a number of occasions when I was with Connie, my dad, Aunt Eleanore, Aunt Marie and other various family members. Connie was always laughing and making funny comments. I loved being around her - her joy and sarcasm (...a family trait, I think) were infectious. I hope you can all be comforted at this sad time by similar memories of Connie at her witty best. I will miss her a great deal. With sympathy, Kathy Jensen.
March 19, 2018
I am extremely saddened and will forever be that I was unable to say my final goodbyes to Grandma. I am however grateful that I was able to talk with her not long ago and was able to see her over the summer and show her her new beautiful great granddaughter, Emma, in person. Grandma was and is known for her inspirational talks about all of her travels and all that she accomplished in her life. I am sure an element of this was placed inside of me as well. I know she was very happy with me abroad and starting my family in Japan, but would always ask my mother when I was coming home. I have always struggled with this aspect of living abroad. This is definitely because of the great times and holidays I got to have at Grandma's growing up.
There are so many wonderful memories of the whole family spending time together at her house and over her great cooking. Many wonderful memories including: the early years playing at her house with my cousin Lauren, playing in the hallways, playing board games from the closet as a family, eating together in the dinning room, after the great meals napping on the couches in the living room, watching holiday TV specials together, playing the NES together, playing with the hose and slip and slide in the backyard during the summer, Grandma gardening, Grandma sneaking us cookies, learning to whistle while at Grandma's, meeting Kenny on holidays as well after he was born and watching him grow every year, and just so many more memories.
It is these memories and more that I have with Grandma and with everyone else under her roof that I will never forget and has forever forged what I know as family. Traditions I hope to bring with me into my own family. Ones I hope to teach to Emma when old enough so she can feel the great warmth and love I felt with Grandma and everyone thanks to her. My brother Ed, called her the rock of our family, and I believe this is true. She was a truly strong and inspiring woman. I love you Grandma! We love you!
March 17, 2018
Memories of my Grandma have been flooding in this week. Memories I wish I stood up at the funeral home or the gravesite and shared with my family. Grandma teaching me to sew, cross-stitch and knit. Some of which took and some didn’t. Grandma making me jell-o special when she babysat me and Steven because at the time I didn’t like pudding. Constantly telling me to shut off the bathroom light off or asking me where my jacket was before heading to work in 90 degree weather. The time I picked her up to bring her to the doctor and found out for the first time she didn’t have teeth! I never knew! The same teeth I’d spend every morning looking for years later because she never remembered where’d she put them, except that time she left them on the credenza 😉 . She always told me to make sure I travel and that she made it a point to see her country first. That kind of bravery, to travel a alone or knowing how many jobs she’s had over the years to take care of her family made a huge impact on a little girl. A little girl who always had boy cousins was made to feel she could be just a strong and just as capable by this extraordinary woman. Her impact on my life as a child was unmeasurable. Her impact on my life as an adult is shown in the house, the amazing husband and the beautiful little girl I now will try to teach the same values. I wouldn’t have any of that with out her. I might have been involved in her care the last couple of years but it was her that took care of us and taught me the compassion and love that will take with me forever. Love you Nana. Thank you.
March 16, 2018
Today we said goodbye to my husband’s grandmother Concetta. While I have no doubt that she is in Heaven above looking down, I just wanted to extend my thanks to her and the whole family for always treating me like one of their own. I unfortunately, couldn’t speak these words out loud, but here they are just the same. I will miss her he sassy-ness, kindness, permission to hit Petey back when he was acting up, and her wonderful advice to travel the world and enjoy life. I also will be forever grateful for this beautiful engagement ring I am honored to wear that was once hers. I will never forget the day we told her we got engaged, she took my hand and said, “ I had many happy loving years with that ring and I know you both will the same. “ I am so happy to have known you. Rest peacefully.
March 15, 2018
We grieve today for the loss of our dearest mother, Concetta. She passed peacefully with her children at her bedside. Please join with us celebrating her life of 99 years.
Lauren Guerra Ghaney - granddaughter
March 15, 2018
My Grandmother, whose strength, quick wit, warm familiar home and killer artichoke pie was the pillar of our family. She helped Mike and I so much by giving us the privilege of living and helping to care for her the last couple of years. I can’t wait to tell Lottie about her amazing great-grandmother and all I learned from her. 💜
Ed Nantista - grandson
March 15, 2018
We lost the rock of our family on Sunday, our grandmother Concetta Guerra passed on. I am not at a loss for words because she was an amazing woman. She was a selfless person who never wanted anyone to fuss over her and never worried about what she didn't have but focused on what she had; her family. I know she found it hard over the last few years having everyone take care of her, she had been self sufficient for over 50 years after my grandfather passed away, maintaining her own home, taking care of 3 children and raising them to be extraordinary individuals. She was a great cook and her food brought us all together. I will miss her especially around the holidays, things wont be the same. I will miss her advice on life and wonderful stories about her past. You will always be on my shoulder grandma, steering me in the right direction. The family will continue the traditions that we learned from you, I promise.
March 15, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that I have to say goodbye to the most important person in my life. My mother, Concetta Guerra, has made her journey to heaven. She was my rock. She was loved by all who met her and her passing will leave a huge void in all of our lives.
March 14, 2018