Gerald O'Neil Post Auxiliary
Obituary of Geraldine T. Nardacci
Geraldine “Gerry” T. Nardacci , 91, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. She was born on February 23rd, 1928 in Northampton, MA and was the loving daughter of the late Thomas Nolan and Lillian Walsh. Gerry owned and operated Nardacci’s Broadway Food Market in Rensselaer, NY for 50 years with her late husband, Fred.
In her retirement years, Gerry enjoyed traveling with her daughters to Hawaii, Cape Cod, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas. She especially enjoyed visiting Chicago to spend time with her daughter, Lisa and her family and her annual trip Ogunquit, ME with her daughters and dear friends Nettie DiMura and Maria Mirabile. She was a lifelong communicant of St. John’s The Evangelist Church and a life time member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Chapter 1683. In addition, she was a long time member of the Rensselaer Democratic Committee. She was a very generous woman and donated to several Veteran Organizations in memory of her husband. Gerry was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. She loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed attending school activities and events for her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Gerry loved family gatherings, holidays, Hallmark Movies, The Young and the Restless and going out to lunch with the girls. She was an active and a beloved member of the community and was often affectionately referred to by many as “Nanny”.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Gerry is survived by her children, Kathleen (Josie) Nardacci of East Greenbush, Geraldine (Tim) O’Connell of Rensselaer, Maureen Nardacci of Rensselaer, John (Linda) Nardacci and Lisa (Rick) Alteri of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer Nardacci, Thomas (Anne) Nardacci, Thomas O’Connell, Ashley Alteri, Ava and Anthony Nardacci, her great grandchildren, Marie and Thomas Nardacci, her grandpup’s Freddie and Coco as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gerry was predeceased by her parents, her husband Fred, her beloved daughter Jackie, her great grandchildren, William Nolan Nardacci and Catherine Torrey Nardacci, her sisters, Lenore LaPoint and Rosemarie Hallenbeck, her nephew Dominick LaPoint, her niece Linda Hallenbeck and her dear friend Peggy Mink.
The family would like to thank the compassionate care-givers from Hospice, Beth, Sandy and Paula. In addition, words cannot express our appreciation for the care, compassion and dedication that Dr. Mary Ellen Drislane brought to our mother and our family for over 30 years, especially in her final days.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at St. John The Evangelist & St. Joseph’s Church, Rensselaer where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8pm, Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, at W.J. Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave, Rensselaer.
Contributions may be made in Gerry’s name to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY, 12208.