Marie "Mary" Perillo, 95, of Hempstead, NY died peacefully in her sleep on June 7, 2020. Mary was born in Italy on April 1, 1925. She moved to New York with her family when she was five years old. She was a resident of Hempstead, NY for 67 years, where she made many lifelong friends. Mary worked for Mercy Medical Center/Catholic Health Services for 36 years and retired when she was 89 years old. Marie loved cooking and entertaining and she was an avid reader. Above all else, Mary loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Peter J. Perillo. She is survived by her three children, Patricia Berntsen, Michael Perillo, and Peter Perillo, their spouses Richard Bertsen and Cathy Perillo, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Mary had a huge heart and a generous soul. She will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. A memorial service in her honor will be scheduled in the near future. Arrangements entrusted to Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc.
Thoughts & Prayers
She did what housewives did in another era. She dutifully served her husband, whom she really adored, and was the devoted, caring mother for her children and then their children. She even cared for and housed her elderly mother and Aunt for years until their deaths. Hers was a story of love and sacrifice for family, friends and neighbors. When I became engaged over 40 years ago, she insisted that I bring my fiancé over for a family dinner. We ate Italian style, “a fuori “ outside in the side yard driveway in the summer evening . We feasted on the food, and enjoyed conversation into the night. It was a thoughtful gesture from a beautiful lady. That’s how I want to remember her.
Please except our condolences on the passing of your mom. Though she lived a full life, it is never easy to lose your mother, as we well know. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. Love Donna and Manny