Bennardina Maria Preiato born in Nardo di Pace, Italy on July 29, 1923 to Stella and Salvatore Monteleone left for Heaven on September 18, 2020 to rejoin her predeceased husband, Raffael. Her four siblings, Christina Maiola, Ascensina Lagrotteria, Rocco Monteleone and Maria Rosa Chiaera, also predecease Bennardina.
Bennardina is survived by her five children; Vincent married to Brenda, Salvatore married to Cristine, Mary Coniglio married to Joseph, Cosmo married to Eileen and Donna Tookmanian married to David. Bennardina also had 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Bennardina and her four youngest children ages 9 to 2, arrived in NY from Italy in February 1959 via the Italian Steamship Christoforo Colombo, sister ship to the Andrea Doria. She
joined her husband, Rafael and their oldest son Vincent, who arrived in NY in June of 1956.
Bennardina was a lifelong resident of New Rochelle and a devoted parishioner of Blessed Sacrament church. She worked as a dress maker in west New Rochelle for 20 years and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union.
Bennardina will forever be remembered as a loving, generous wife, mother and Nanni who always had hugs, delicious food and beautiful roses for her loving family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Calvary Hospital Homecare, Eastchester Road, Bronx NY 10461 – Calvary Fund in Memory of Bennardina Preiato or online at