Josephine N. Zagami
September 15, 1932 – May 19, 2019
Josephine Zagami, a longtime resident of Lindenhurst, L.I., passed on Sunday, May 19th, at the age of 86 years.
Josephine was born in Brooklyn to her late parents, Warren and Margaret Costantini, where she was raised. In her time of work, she spent many years in the banking industry. In the words of her children; Josephine loved the beach and 'sunshine on her face'; and she found passion in knitting, gardening and her love of animals. Josephine loved a good time and known to have a great sense of humor, but she was also kind and independent; with a strong trait of unselfishness. She was one funny, cool and hip Nana; but was a confidante who would keep a good secret. Mostly, Josephine loved her family - she adored her grandchildren, and was always, always there for her children.
Predeceasing her is her beloved daughter, Adeline. Surviving are her beloved children - her son, Warren Zagami and daughter-in-law, Bonny; her daughter, Patricia Piazza and son-in-law, Frank; her daughter, Kathleen Harper and son-in-law, Ty; her daughter, Josephine Palladino and son-in-law, Joe; and her son, John Zagami. Josephine is also predeceased by her cherished dogs - Bear, Ginger and Noelle.
Family and friends will gather for visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 21st, from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. During the evening hours, the Funeral Prayer Service will be offered at 8:00 p.m. by Pastor Dennis Carter of the Community Presbyterian Church of Deer Park. Cremation is private.
- Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Private Cremation
Josephine N. Zagami
May 22, 2019
As Josephine’s grandson, my memories all started with her house. Although I spent my infancy living there with my late mother Adeline, it’s the childhood years that I remember the most. Before I was 10 years old, I recall building my first (rather large 3-tiered) snowman in the front yard with my cousin Michele and having snow ball fights - all while Nana watched us from the front door and prepared meals for us to eat when we came inside to catch our breath. Christmas was a frenzy! Picture it: a giant tree, more gifts than would ever fit under it and Aunt Jo dressed up as Santa! Nana’s house was wonderland :)
During summers I spent with Nana, I learned how to fire up a lawn mower and work with Sal on projects around the house. As I matured, I was “promoted” to a helper/salesman at her annual summer garage sales - this all taught me great responsibility and work ethic. She always baked zucchini breads in the summers straight from the garden, more than I thought anyone could eat, but somehow our family gobbled them up. Nana often sent me to pick fresh mint in the small garden on the back of the house for the iced tea she always had in the fridge, as well as eggplants from the main garden she fried up for us :) Food was always around, Nana always asked if anyone was hungry, and she fed us until we were ready to explode. That usually ended with Nana having reflux: “Michael, where are my Tums - can you get me my Tums please?” A classic Nana line. Speaking of names - as she recognized me more as young man, I was blessed into the men’s name rotation. Nana would often call for my attention or refer to me, and it would sound something like this: “Warren, Sal, John, Joey, Michael”. I knew what Nana meant and it was one of the many things I loved about her. (Continued)
May 22, 2019
Nana spoiled her grandkids, myself included - with her affection and generosity. She was there for many milestones in my life: my high school graduation in FL, visiting me during college (what a great Fried Chicken story that was), attending my college graduation at Clemson in SC, and her last trip to see me settled in Dallas. I think that trip to Dallas brought Nana some joy to see her grandson grown up with a career, as a homeowner, and living a life of his own.
After each milestone that presented itself, Nana selflessly crocheted an afghan for me from colors representing each event. I can see, touch, and smell the afghans forever; all the memories we made together over the last 38 years will be cherished in my heart.
By sharing my experiences with my Nana, I hope others can draw out their own happy memories as I did.
I’ll miss you Nan - Toodeloo!
John & Debbie Pieta
May 22, 2019
Dear Warren (& Bonny),
Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family in the loss of your dear mother. Although we did not know Josephine personally, we know how wonderful she was through your stories and how much she was loved. Your tribute video truly honors the life of a wonderful woman who will be missed but never forgotten. May you find comfort in your memories and strength in the companionship of family and friends. Love, Debbie & John
May 21, 2019
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the whole Zagami family. It is very hard to lose your mother. I know she was a wonderful lady because I have heard so many nice stories about her. I sat with her at Sara’s baby shower and she treated me like family. So sweet. So glad I had the opportunity to meet her. May you Rest In Peace Josephine.
May 20, 2019
What can I say about a woman who was so full of life, love, kindness and quick witt except that we are lucky to have had her in our lives. We are praying that she is now at peace. We love her and she will live forever in our hearts and memories. All our love and prayers to your family!!
Steve and Diane
May 20, 2019
She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She always had the biggest smile any time i saw her. She loved her family and really enjoyed seeing everyone together. I pray she is at peace and she knows how much she is loved and missed. We love you!
May 20, 2019
To the Zagami family
Your mom was so special to me. I always had so much fun with her. I will miss her smile her laugh and her always telling me how much she loved me lol. She will always have a special place in my heart. She will be missed but not forgotten Momma Zagami loved you to the moon and back. So glad you were a part of our life. Thanks for sharing her
Bob and Lynn Salisbury
May 19, 2019
We are so sad and will miss your Mom so much . She was always so wonderful to Bob and I and our family. One of the favorite times we had with your Mom , was when she went for a ride in Bob's 1932 T-Bucket down Woodcleft Canal waving the American Flag and waving to all the people on the canal. She was not afraid to have fun. Whenever we were with her, she always made you feel special and made you laugh. Your Mom will always be in our hearts. We are sending our love and sympathy to the Zagami Family and to the greatest brother-in-law and sister anyone could wish for, WE ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU.
Josie you will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Love, Bob and Lynn Salisbury