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Obituary: Tina F. Mercogliano

Tina F. Mercogliano, a former resident of Port Washington, passed away on Nov. 17, 2011 in Sun City, AZ. Funeral preparation was handled by Menke Funeral Home of Sun City. A visitation was held on Nov. 25, 2011 at Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church and a burial service at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. A memorial Mass was held on Feb. 11, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City.

Tina F. Mercogliano was born Philomena Buonocore on Nov. 16, 1922 in Neptune Township, NJ, the only child of Michael and Rosa Buonocore. Tina grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1940. She worked as a stenographer and translator for the Italian Consulate in Manhattan. Also, she worked as a bookkeeper for the former Manero’s Steak House in Roslyn. Tina married Michael Mercogliano on February 8, 1947 in Pompeii, Italy. Michael was an Italian prisoner of war during World War II, who wrote many love letters to Tina during his captivity. Michael and Tina settled in Port Washington after their marriage. They retired and relocated to Sun City in 1980. Michael and Tina leave behind three children: Rose (Arthur) Simpkin of Phoenix, AZ; Joseph (Patricia) Mercogliano of Fort Salonga, NY; and Paul Mercogliano of Sun City, AZ. Also, seven grandchildren: John, Andrea, Erika, Jason, James, Ashlee and Michael; and eight great-grandchildren: Dylan, Brooke, Cameron, Sydney, Katrina, Lennon, Damon and Devin.

Tina cherished her family and friends. She blessed and was blessed by many during her lifetime. Earth has lost a precious person and Heaven has welcomed a beautiful soul.