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It is with sadness and regret that we announce the death of Ann M. Celentano. Ann was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 7th, 1936. Her parents, John and Rose Coppola, were Italian immigrants. Ann was the fourth of six children (Santina, Michael, Joseph, Rosalie and John). She met her beloved husband Joseph at the age of 14. Ann and Joseph were married at
St. Frances de Chantal in 1956, and they spent 65 years together, loving and caring for one another and all those whose lives they touched.
Ann and Joe moved to Uniondale in 1960, where they raised five children in a home filled with tenderness and warmth. Ann was an avid cook and quilter. She had a keen artistic eye, and a particular interest in sculpture and interior decoration. Ann spent many hours at her kitchen table with close friends and family, offering support and solace to those in need. She loved flowers and birds, and found great comfort in the beauty of the natural world.
Ann will be remembered as an altruistic and passionate individual, determined to make life better for her neighbors as well as those suffering on the other side of the world. She was a deeply religious woman, whose abiding faith was demonstrated through action. For many years, she was undaunted by the limitations of a chronic health condition, finding creative ways to connect with others, and to build deep and enduring friendships. Ann’s laugh and her smile were unforgettable.
Ann is survived by her most loving husband Joseph, five children (Ann and late husband Steven Banks, Joseph and wife Pnina Celentano, Donna and husband John Sloane, Michael and wife Angela Celentano, and John and wife Shelly Celentano), twelve grandchildren (Steven and wife Genevieve, Danny, Jessica and husband Kevin, Matthew, Katie and husband Peter, Frank, John Michael, Erin, Nicole, Lily, Ani and Leena), and six great grandchildren (Grace, Nora, Eliana, Joseph, Anthony and Tessa).
Ann is also survived by her dear sister Rosalie.
What we once loved we can never lose.
For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
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