Kathleen Ann Mercogliano passed away peacefully in her home in Mamaroneck, New York on June 27, 2021 surrounded by her children. She was 75 years young.
Kathleen was born in New Rochelle, New York on November 7, 1945 to Charles and Mary Carino. She attended Washington School, Isaac E. Young Middle School, and New Rochelle High School. She was married to Frank Mercogliano for 28 years and they shared five children: Frank Jr, Mary Anne, Darlene, Kathleen, and Laura. After many years of devotion to raising her children, she went back to college and earned her teaching assistant certificate. Following a long career in special education, she retired as “the best teaching assistant that New Rochelle High School ever had.”
Kathleen’s generosity and thoughtfulness were her most outstanding traits. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary. One could look forward to a card from her for every occasion, mailed early in an envelope covered with stickers. She was meticulous and organized in all aspects of her life. Kathleen loved to plan a good party at her home, “the Regatta by the Sound,” complete with delicious food, games and door prizes. At holiday gatherings, you could always expect to have her homemade sweet potato pie, cranberry sauce or chocolate cream pie.
Kathleen had a great sense of humor, always making her children and grandchildren laugh. She will be remembered as a lover of classic monster movies, poetry, and I Love Lucy. She enjoyed word search puzzles and the penny slot machines. Always one to put a smile on your face, she could often be found putting a dollop of whipped cream on her nose and pretending not to know it was there. Her child-like sense of humor transcended into many cherished moments with her grandkids – whether accompanying them on “coyote walks,” playing card games or exchanging jokes with them. Many who knew her say she reminded them of Lucille Ball: a combination of silly, witty, and beautiful.
Kathleen will mostly be remembered for her unending devotion to her family. Family was so important to her, and she cherished her time with her siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Some favorite past times included trips to attend union conventions with her father in Watertown and Niagara Falls, family vacations with her children and grandchildren to the beach and boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, and trips with her siblings and their families to Atlantic City.
In her last 2 years, Kathleen fought bravely and tirelessly against cancer with unparalleled fortitude. She had many favorite sayings she lived by, and one that she embodied throughout her life was “Tough times never last long. Tough people do.” Even amidst the most devastating of circumstances, Kathleen maintained a positive attitude and a selflessness that was awe-inspiring. Independent and resilient, she was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Kathleen is survived by her five children and nine grandchildren, of whom she was very proud: her son Frank and his wife Susan, and their children Spencer, Mason, and Madison; her daughter Mary Anne and her children Alyssa and Anthony; her daughter Darlene and her son Christopher; her daughter Kathleen and her husband Joseph, and their daughter Joelle; and her daughter Laura and her husband Christian, and their sons Luca and Rami. She is also survived by her siblings, Thomas Carino and Carol Gallello, as well as her best friend and companion of many years, Allen Levy. She is also cherished by a host of extended family members and friends. Kathleen is predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary Carino and her brother Charles Carino Jr. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend to all who knew her.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate and remember Kathleen’s life at LLoyd Maxcy and Sons Beauchamp Chapel on Wednesday, June 30th from 5-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle on Thursday, July 1st at 10:30 AM . Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle.
Flowers are appreciated or kindly consider a tribute donation in Kathleen’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.