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Thursday, June 19, 2008

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mildred Signoriello, 88, a longtime New Brighton resident who was a talented seamstress and dressmaker, died Monday at her home.

She was born Mildred DePaolo in Bergenfield, N.J. and moved with her family to New Brighton when she was a child. She attended Curtis High School.

Mrs. Signoriello worked as a seamstress and dressmaker, retiring in 1985. She was an officer and active member of the former International Ladies Garment Workers' Union, where she fought for workers' rights.

She was a member of the Christian Pentecostal Church, Concord, and the New Brighton Civic Association.

Mrs. Signoriello enjoyed crocheting, reading, working crossword puzzles and collecting antique lamps and porcelain figurines. She also was an expert Scrabble player and gardener, with roses her specialty.

She often spent winters in Florida, where a favorite pastime was hosting backyard barbecues. She loved to watch family and friends enjoy outdoor meals and go swimming in her pool.

Mrs. Signoriello's husband of 52 years, John, died in 1998.

Surviving are her sons, John Jr. and Vincent; her daughters, Rosine Signoriello and Annette Barba; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Christian Pentecostal Church. The arrangements, which include burial in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, are being handled by the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton.

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