ALBANY – Mary Bolognino, 91, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center. Mary was born in Siderno, Reggio Calabria, Italy, the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Figliomeni Caricari. She emigrated to the United States in 1948, settling in Albany. Mary was devoted to her church, and was active in Holy Cross Church and All Saints Catholic Church. She was a member of the Angels to Each Other group and the Holy Cross Church Altar Rosary Society. She also cared for children in her own family and others, and enjoyed bowling, baking, cooking and crocheting.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Carl J. Bolognino, and by her son John B. Bolognino, and her son-in-law Joseph Rizzo. She is surived by her children Joanne Rizzo, Joseph Bolognino (Eileen), and Nancy Spafford (Tom); her grandchildren John Bolognino, Michelle Bolognino, Dominick Rizzo (Jennifer), Anthony Harrington (Joel), and Katie, Amanda and Emily Bolognino; her great grandchildren Joseph, Alexander, and Lucas Rizzo, and Maya Bolognino; her half brother Roberto Caricari; and her nephew Antonio Caricari.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m. Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to either All Saints Catholic Church 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203, or to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205, or to the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, 180 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in joyful memories.
I’m saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. Such fond memories through the years. It was evident how much she loved her family. Rest in peace for all eternity Mary with Charlie and all those you love who went before you. My condolences to the family.
Carmelina Figliomeni-Crupi and family
Mary left a legacy in so many ways. She helped my Mom and family so much when they first came from Italy. My Mom still talks about how much fun she had when she went to Aruba with Mary and Charlie! I will always remember her faithfulness and her legendary cooking. I have many recipes that I make all of the time credited to her. Each time I make her zucchini bread or chocolate mayo cake, I will think of her and smile. Our condolences, hugs and love to the family.
JoAnn and family………Your Mom was a kind gentle woman who loved her kids (her own and others). I remember how
she was with Zachary. She is at peace now with your Dad, their son, and son-in-law. May your loving memories
bring you all comfort, and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheryl and Gino Albanese
We are so sorry for your loss.
What a sweet, kind woman she was. ❤️
John, Michelle, Maya and the entire Bolognino family, my prayers and condolences on the loss of your sweet Mary. I only met her a few times but I could tell how kind she was and how much she loved her family. She left a legacy that will go forever. Rest-in-Peace Mary.
My condolence to Mary’s family
Philip J DiNovo
Mary and I send our sincere condolence on the passing of your mother. On behalf of the American Italian Heritage Association & Museum our sincere sympathy. Your mother was a giver and her good works live on.
Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo
Nancy and Ken Chrinian
Michelle and Johnny (and the entire family) we are so sorry for your loss. We are sure she is attending and enjoying family activities in heaven and that she is happy and smiling on each of you that she leaves behind. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Jenny,Marty and Aria
Grandma B was such a loving, sweet and sassy lady. She loved her family so much and always put them first. My condolences to the family. We will miss her and her amazing cooking!
We are sorry for your loss, Amanda shared many of her happy memories about Mary with us. We knew from those memories…She was a wonderful Grandma and loved her family dearly. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Kara &John Romeo
Joe, Joanne and Nancy, I am sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Katie (Salerno) Cunningham
Our condolences to Mary’s Family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
The Salerno Family
Mary’s son John was a classmate of mine at Holy Cross School. One day John invited me to his home for lunch. Wonderful food prepared by his Mom. Very welcoming. Memories that remains 60 years later.