Theresa "Tootsie" A. (Gagliardi) Astorino, 83, Walston, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Jefferson Manor following a short illness.
She was born July 1, 1927, in Walston, the youngest child of the late John and Mary (Demyan) Gagliardi.
April 29, 1950, she married Guy M. Astorino, who passed away July 11, 2007. They were married for 57 years and lived in Walston and bestowed their traditional values while raising their four sons.
Mrs. Astorino will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, adored "Nana" and loyal friend who cherished life and served as an example of remarkable faith and exceptional love to those around her.
She was the matriarch of the Gagliardi family and took much pride in family and traditions and always placed her family first.
She loved to cook for her family and friends and enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren the traditional recipes that were passed along to her.
Mrs. Astorino and her husband built a home overflowing with warmth and love, and many friends and family will remember gathering there for sing-a-longs, games, wonderful meals and laughter.
While she was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, she enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren participate in sporting events and could also be seen watching softball and baseball games at Walston Park from her porch.
Mrs. Astorino was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church for her entire life. Along with being a member, she was also a member of St. Anthony's choir for more than 40 years. She was the treasurer of the St. Anthony's Altar and Rosary Society. From rolling meatballs to nut roll, she was an active supporter of St. Anthony's annual festival.
She is survived by four sons, Guy Anthony and wife Kim of Elizabethtown, Gary and wife Terri of Edinboro, Greg of Horsham, and Gene Michael and wife Dawn of Raleigh, N.C.; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Polaski; seven brothers, an infant, James, Fred, Steve, Lawrence, Anthony and Dominic (Mickey) Gagliardi.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Deeley Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Walston with Msgr. Joseph Riccardo officiating.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
The family has asked that contributions be made to "Uncle Guy" Astorino/ Walston Club Scholarship fund, an annual scholarship that is awarded to a Punxsutawney Area High School senior.
Donations may be sent in memory of Theresa Astorino, Walston Club, P.O. Box 4, Walston, Pa. 15781.