Obituaries – September 2018

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John B. Vlacancich, 99

John B. Vlacancich, a longtime resident of Sleepy Hollow, died September 10. He was 99.

Born in Sitvan, Cres, Croatia, he married Carolina Benvin in Croatia and the couple came to the United States in 1959 and eventually settled in Sleepy Hollow where they raised their family.

He was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. He was a member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors and the Neighborhood House as well as the Anchor Benevolent Society. His wife Carolina predeceased him in 2005.

Giuseppe Fiore, 97

Giuseppe Fiore, a resident of Tarrytown, died peacefully September 16. He was 97.

He was born in Corato, Bari, Italy. He came to the United States in 1961 from Rome. He made his career in The Army (Carabinieri) and reached the Grade of “Maresciallo Capo” until his retirement and departure to the U.S. He worked for the Italian General Consulate from 1962 until his retirement age. In 1986, with a decree from The Foreign Ministry in Rome and the General Counsel of Italy in New York, he was given the honor of serving as Agent & Honorary Counsel in Yonkers for the Citizens living abroad. In 1987 The President of Italy confirmed the title of “Cavaliere Ufficiale” for his work in the Italian Community. In October 1970, he was one of the founders and served as President for the Italian Carabinieri Section of NY. He was a member of The Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge #213 in White Plains. He was known for helping out his fellow man in need.

Marie Badagliacca, 93

Marie Battista Badagliacca, a longtime resident of Irvington, died peacefully September 18 at home. She was 93.

She was born in North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow), on October 22, 1924. Mrs. Badagliacca selflessly devoted her life’s energy to her family – as a daughter and sibling, and then as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She was a woman of unshakable faith, was a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington, and her pride as an Italian-American and belief in the goodness of the United States was boundless. Among her talents and joys in life were the opportunities to cook, bake, and knit, and she generously did so for both her family and those who had the good fortune to cross her path in life. From childhood to her final days she was a faithful fan of her beloved New York Yankees and enjoyed reminiscing about many of the memorable games she attended.

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