Wednesday, April 25, 2012

RIP Florence Perkosky D'Urso

Being of a certain age, I am a reader of obituaries and death notices.  Sadly, a notice in today's New York Times announced the passing of Catholic philanthropist Florence D'Urso.  In my world she was a constant presence at archdiocesan events where she was usually seated front and center aisle, well dressed and perfectly coiffed.  On the few occasions that I had the opportunity to greet her she was gracious.

My Italian American friend always asked if Florence was one of the Gun Hill Road D'Urso's of the Bronx.  Today I learned that her maiden name was Perkosky.  In 2005 her alma mater, Marywood, honored her with their humanitarian award.  The bio on their site  describes the stunning scope and magnitude of her philanthropy.  We will pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her family and we will be grateful for the legacy of good that she has left for us.

Gannett Westchester newspapers obituary, April 27, 2012,  Church benefactor Florence D'Urso dies; Pelham Manor woman, 79, restored art for Vatican

New York Post, April 26, 2012, Loss of a Saint

Catholic New York obituary, Florence B. D'Urso

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