GALLO, Loretta Irene of Mill Neck, NY passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family on August 20,2022. Loretta was born in Hollis, NY on January 11, 1930 to the late Thomas and Mary Clarkson, the youngest of five children. All her siblings, Charles Clarkson, Thomas Clarkson, Mae Boch and Regina Quick, predeceased her. After graduating Andrew Jackson High School, Loretta met and married Salvatore Gallo on December 1, 1952. Loretta and “Sam” settled in East New York, Brooklyn, in Sam’s childhood home where they raised their two children with love, laughter, music and food. In addition, before Sam passed away on October 16, 1997, Loretta and Sam travelled the USA and abroad, enjoyed the opera, ballet, and time with extended family and friends. Loretta was an avid reader, a fiercely competitive Scrabble player and tennis enthusiast, and a baker of a coffee cake, famous among family and friends. She worked for over sixty years, including at the Social Register and Quick & Reilly/U.S. Clearing Corp. Loretta was a devout Catholic. She lived happily the last sixteen years of her life with her beloved nephew, Peter Quick, his wife Crisler, and their children. She is survived by her loving children Michael (Virginia) Gallo and Mary Lou (Salvatore) Ranieri, five adoring granddaughters , Jessica DeJoseph, Francesca Daisernia, Loretta Gioiella, Gina Mastrogiacomo, and Lisa Goodman, eight great grandchildren and many more nieces and nephews. On her 90th birthday, Loretta was honored for her long, full and loving life by a celebration filled with admiration, gratitude, joy, music, food and drink attended by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY, Friday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel, Oyster Bay, NY Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Interment St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice/ Catholic Health Services at chsli.org www.oysterbayfuneralhome.com