LE ROY— Rita Argana Cinquino, of LeRoy, died October 15, 2019.
She was born on Pleasant St. in LeRoy on July 11, 1921, to the late Anthony and Mary Petrina Barone Argana.
Predeceased by her husband Louis N. Cinquino; survivors include children Michael (Michele) of Lancaster, NY, Anthony (Susan) of Rochester, Mary Elizabeth Cinquino of Jamaica Plain, MA and Louis of Bethlehem, PA; grandchildren Nicholas, Rebecca, Eve, and Lucia Cinquino and Maya Rodale; sister Marie Argana of Stuart, Florida; a great-grandaughter and 34 nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Lena Pella, Charles Argana, Victoria Rosato, and Marie, who died in childhood.
She hosted countless family gatherings, cooking her traditional and original recipes, and retelling colorful stories of her Sicilian family, immigrant neighborhood, and running the Eagle Hotel. She loved LeRoy, saying she never wanted to live anywhere else-- everything she needed was right here. Her final years at the Village Green were filled with her lively banter, wisecracking smile, and enduring spirit.
Mrs. Cinquino was a graduate of LeRoy High School and the former School of Commerce in Rochester. She was employed as Medical Records Administrator of the former Genesee Memorial Hospital, until she retired in 1986. She was a Red Cross Nurse’s Aide during World War II; a faithful member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she sang in the choir; member of Mother of Good Counsel Sodality, Ladies of Charity, Bishop’s Committee Discussion Group, Mercedarian Lay Fraternity, Trinity Bible Study Group, Lake Home Bureau Unit, American Legion Auxilary, and LeRoy Historical Society.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2 ~ 5 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd., LeRoy. Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Notre Dame High School for the R.A. and L.N. Cinquino Scholarship Fund.