OBITUARY

Dr. Dorothy M. Albanese

July 25, 1928May 20, 2019
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Dr. Dorothy Albanese passed away peacefully on May 20, 2019. She was born on July 25, 1928 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the eighth of nine children to Carmelo and Paolina La Rosa Scalora. She graduated from Lowell Teachers College in Massachusetts with a BS in Education. She earned her MSEd from Boston University and her PhD in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Reading from Fordham University. She began her teaching career in the Newton, Massachusetts Public School System. Later she decided to teach in an American Dependent School and was assigned to a school on the US Airforce Base in Wiesbaden, Germany where she met Captain John Albanese, MD. After their marriage, they made their home in Scarsdale, NY where they raised their three daughters.

In the 1960s, Dr. Albanese taught Reading at Quaker Ridge School in Scarsdale. After completing her PhD, she was a full time Professor and Chairperson of the Graduate and Undergraduate Education Departments at Iona College. She holds the title of Professor Emerita. During her tenure at Iona College, she supervised student teachers, taught methods courses, ran an on-campus Reading Clinic for local K-12 students, wrote curriculum for the NYC Board of Education, Mt Vernon, and the Yonkers School Districts. She served on the Board of Trustees of Iona Grammar School for many years. She was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and later St Pius X Church, both in Scarsdale. Dr. Albanese was an avid reader, and a pianist. She enjoyed traveling the world, but her greatest love was her family.

She is survived by her three daughters Paula (Jerry Magaletti), Marybeth (Jay Petschek), and Kathie (John Barbera)and her grandchildren John (Cristen), Mark (Sandra), and Amy Magaletti, Andrew and Laura Petschek, and Jake and Julie Barbera. She has four great-grandchildren. Her husband, John, passed away in 2010.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday May 29, 2019 10:30AM St. Pius X Church Scarsdale. Visitation Tuesday May 28, 2019 from 2-4 PM & 7-9PM at the funeral home. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery Valhalla NY.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Dr. Dorothy M. Albanese

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Dr. John L. Darretta

June 19, 2019

Dorothy will always be fondly remembered. Dr. Albanese and I spent many years on the faculty at Iona College. To me, she was always encouraging and informative. At times, she and I and the late Peter Chetta from the English department would meet at her home, and often we would relate stories about our Italian heritage. Since retirement, we had kept up correspondence, and she would stop by when she visited family on Cape Cod. Much thanks and prayers for Dorothy, a most kind and considerate person. Dorothy will always be fondly remembered.

Connie DeVito Egelman

May 29, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Albanese's passing and send my sincerest condolences and sympathy to her family. I was privileged to have had Dr. Albanese as a professor when I was an elementary education major at Iona College. I graduated in 1974, receiving the Elementary Education Award. She served as a role model and mentor to me and I will always be grateful to her for instilling in me a love for learning and teaching. She was a consummate professional with high standards and worked the students hard. I'll never forget when she singled me out to complement me on a paper I submitted. She didn't praise lightly, so it meant so much! I have spent my entire career (45 years!) as an educator working as an elementary and special educator and now as counselor at Nassau Community College. I will remember her fondly and am so thankful that she touched my life.

Estela Ladanga

May 28, 2019

For a brief 4-month period which seemed like over a year to me, I worked as Ms Dorothy’s companion. Oh how I treasure those days that I believe were so God-appointed because from the first time I saw her during the interview, I felt deep within me that I would be her companion/caregiver. God has even prompted me to buy beads to make her fancy necklace prior to being told that she has hired me. I did make that necklace as Valentine’s Day gift, which she really appreciated much and would often wear to her appointments.

So extraordinarily nice, kind-hearted and wonderful, Ms Dorothy would always make me feel so at-ease with her because something so incredibly fascinating exuded from her being.

When I missed doing something (occasionally though), she would have a ready smile to make you feel at peace (and not guilty), always reserving a second chance to make up. Oh how she loved it when I would give myself a grade of C minus for a little mistake and then the next time she would chuckle and say “Now, you can grade yourself an A+”.

We never had a dull moment in that short time. We shared so many things... with me learning so much more from her wisdom and wit. She was so organized in everything. I didn’t even have to prompt her on her medication schedule because she still had a very sharp memory and way of thinking except on her last 3 days.

Sharing the same political convictions with her and watching Fox News most hours of the whole day till evening, I couldn’t forget when she would often jokingly tell me that we need to go to Congress to put a strong defense for the President and AG Barr.

Everything she taught me and advised me to do (later)...will forever stay in my heart and mind. I am profoundly grateful to God for giving me the short but very meaningful time to spend working for her. I thank her wonderful children (Paula, Marybeth, Kathie) and grandchildren who’ve all shown how their mother/Nana left that awesome legacy in their lives.

Dr. Stanley Brown

May 27, 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Albanese. She was a fantastic teacher of elementary education reading and methods classes . I was blessed to have her for my classes at Iona College (1975-1979). I am the teacher that I am today because of Dr. Albanese dedicated and committed instruction to those of us going into the classroom. She believed in us and encouraged us to always find the brightest spots in the lives of our children and to be sure that they had a brilliant future.
Dr. Albanese and I kept in contact over the years and I was always delighted to receive a greeting from her. When I received my doctorate degree in 2010, I received a beautiful congratulatory greeting from her, stating how proud she was of me.
I wish to express my deepest sympathy to her three daughters whom she spoke of so fondly to us frequently. May Dr. Albanese rest in eternal peace and in the arms of Jesus whom she loved. God bless her family.
Dr. Stanley H.Brown
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laura Petschek

May 27, 2019

I love you, Nana!

Laura Petschek

May 27, 2019

I love you, Nana!

John Magaletti

May 27, 2019

We love you, Nana.

John Freiler

May 26, 2019

Best Aunt (and person-EVER)

Andrew Petschek

May 26, 2019

Nana, love you forever.

Marybeth Petschek

May 26, 2019

Mom, You are irreplaceable. We will miss you forever.

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