ALBANY – Santa Coppolino Pasquini, 80, of Albany, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her home on Friday, December 3, 2021. Santa was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Sylvester R. Coppolino and Bessie Aragona Coppolino. She lived in the area all her life, and was a graduate of Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School, class of 1959. Santa worked tirelessly in support of her family and her community. She was employed for many years by the Office of the Mayor of New York City Legislative Office here in Albany, and upon retiring took a position with the Vandervort Group in Albany. She worked for several area department stores part time as well as owning and operating various businesses, among them a pizza parlor, thrift shop, and food cart. She took over leadership of the Society of Our Lady of Tindari, following in her father’s footsteps. She was a member and past president of the Italian American Community Center, secretary to the Eagle Hill Neighborhood Association, member and treasurer of the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, member of Order Sons of Italy Lodge #321 and also served as a poll worker. On top of her many pursuits, she also loved cooking and baking for all occasions, and was especially known for her exceptional Italian cookie assortments. A beloved Ma, Nonna, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, she will be greatly missed.
Santa is survived by her children Richard A. (Maureen) Pasquini of Guilderland, Michael A. (Sharon) Pasquini of Berne, Joseph P. (Gina) Pasquini, and Christopher J. (Debbie) Pasquini of Guilderland; her sister Ann P. (William) Sweeney of Delanson; her grandchildren: Samantha and Timothy Pasquini, Vincent (Laura) Pasquini and Anthony (Kenzie) Pasquini, Jake and Cole Pasquini, and Amanda, Joseph, Jason, and Michael Pasquini; her niece Elizabeth (Nathan Bain) Sweeney; her nephew Steven (Nicole) Sweeney, great-nephews and niece; dear cousins and many devoted friends.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, 1227 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com.
Here is a video tribute to Santa: