Obituary: Sandra Papone


Sandra Papone

It is with such profound sadness, the family mourns the passing of their beloved Sandra Papone. She died of heart failure on Aug. 24, 2019.

She was born on July 6, 1932 in New York City. For the last 50 years she has called Greenwich her home. She is survived by the love of her life Aldo Papone, for the last 65 years and her loving daughter, Renata Papone-Lally and her loving son-in-law Christopher Lally. Her greatest joy however, were her grandchildren, Gregory and Alexandra. Sandra would light up the minute they walked into the room. She and Aldo were able to show their grandchildren so much of the world through traveling and she loved them unconditionally. Something that Gregory and Alexandra will cherish forever.

Sandra’s life was truly a life to be celebrated. Working in Manhattan at a small Italian clothing boutique called Barra of Italy on Park Avenue in the early 50’s she met the love of her life. They were married shortly after and lived in Manhattan. Their only child was born in 1959 and in 1969 the family moved to Greenwich, CT. In the early 80’s, she was extremely active in the Alzheimer’s Society, co-chairing several of their Gala’s. She was an avid reader with a voracious love of knowledge. Her husband’s position at American Express afforded her being surrounded by dignitaries, presidents and royalty. She and Aldo have a pavilion named after them at Hospital for Special Surgery from their years of charitable donations and dedication. Sandra was a big supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Food Bank, and Doctors without Borders. She also loved going to the movies, The Met Opera and Broadway. Sandra was very generous with her time and love and always wanted to be surrounded by her many friends. She was continuously entertaining and cooking all her greatest dishes that everyone loved.

A mass to celebrate her life and entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be posted on the website: leopgallaghergreenwich.com

The family is very grateful to Dr. Ralph Cipriani, our private nurse Lori Civitella and all the great nurses at The Greenwich Registry and Constellation Hospice. The family would like to also recognize how important Manoly Acebo was to Sandra, she took such good care of her and continues to care for Sandra’s husband, Aldo.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Alzheimers Society at hact.alz.org/site/Donation or Hospital for Special Surgery, Development Department, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, in memory of Sandra Papone.

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