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October 23, 1932 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
Albany - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved matriarch, Mona Coluccio, on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 91 years of age.
Mona was born in Siderno Italy, October 23, 1932, to the late Francesco Futia and the late Francesca Ferreri Futia. She came to this country as a young sixteen-year-old girl in 1948. Mona learned and studied the art of sewing from her loving cousin Rosa Furfaro and became one of the finest seamstresses in the Albany area. She began her career working at Mulfelders in downtown Albany until she met her husband, the late Louis Coluccio. They were married on April 11, 1953. Years later in the 1970’s she worked for Shana’s Bridal Boutique and Annette’s Bridal making and designing bridal dresses and headpieces. Mona continued to run her own home owned business, “Mona’s Alterations” until the time of her retirement.
Although a talented seamstress, Mona’s most important thing in life was her family. She and her husband Louis had seven children and were married for 46 years until his passing in 2001. Mona was not only our matriarch but a guiding light, shaping the values and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Her legacy will forever be etched in our hearts as a testament to her enduring love and dedication. Her home was a place of warmth, always cooking baking and sewing for all. It served as a gathering place for her entire family where stories were shared, laughter always echoed, and music always played.
As we remember Mona, let us carry forward the lessons she taught us about the importance of family, our culture, and boundless love. She was a pillar of strength, a resilient fighter until the very end. She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come. Most of all, she never ever let you leave her home hungry.
Mona is survived by her loving children, Cathy Sainato (Luigi), Nick (Lynn Rossello), Frank, Jimmy (Susan), Louie (Racquel Dzembo), Dominick (Barbara) and Maria Rotundo (Luigi). She’s also survived by an incredible 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Maria Teresa (Coluccio) Oppedisano of Albany and Rosina Coluccio of Brooklyn, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her sister Maria Lizzi of Calabria, Italy, brother Joseph Futia, twin brothers Dominick Futia & Salvatore Futia, and her twin brother Michael Futia.
We extend a special thanks to Mona’s devoted daughters, Cathy and Maria, who lovingly and selflessly served as her dedicated caretakers. Their unwavering support, compassion and tireless efforts over the past three years brought comfort and solace to Mona and allowed us all to enjoy her in her final years and days. Their commitment to her reflects the deep bond of family and the profound love that defines us.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate and remember Mona’s extraordinary life on Friday, November 24th from 3-7pm at Cannon Funeral Home 2020 Central Ave Colonie, NY 12205. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 25th at 8:00am at Cannon Funeral Home thence to Parish of Mater Christi at 9:30am where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow at Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions in Mona’s memory may be made to http://www.heart.org.
To leave a message of condolence for the family or to view Mona’s custom video tribute, visit www.cannonfuneral.com.