Phyllis S. Laurito passed away Thursday, March 24, surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by four children who loved her very much: Louis Laurito, Ricky (Sandy) Laurito, Anne (David) McCormick and Louann (Sham) Bahgat.
She has five grandchildren: Ricky Laurito, David McCormick, Amanda Bahgat and Hessen Bahgat’ as well as two great-grandchildren: Ricky and Anna Laurito.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Jan (Joe) Laurito; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Louis Laurito; and all his siblings: Ben Poweski, Marion Poweski, Esther Descz and Evelyn Frye.
Phyllis has centered her life around her family and her church. Although she worked part-time during her life as a telephone operator and later as an accountant, her family and church were mostly focused. Phyllis was very involved with St. Anthony’s Church, organizing various fundraisers, especially the bingo program and the women’s guild. She volunteered her time as a home economics teacher at St. Anthony’s School, and many still remember her lessons and great food. She loved to cook and is best known for her St. Joseph bread, Paczki donuts and Italian cookies, which she shared with friends and family. Phyllis was Polish, but many thought she was Italian, because she really embraced and she thought of our grandmother, Anne Laurito as her mother, because her own mother died when she was very young. As the Laurito family lost the first generation, Phyllis did her best to keep the traditions that our grandmother, Anna instilled, doing her best to organize the annual family picnic and encourage all members of our family. to stay close.
Phyllis was one of the founders of the organization Share and Care. She dreamed of having a senior center in Fredonia, as she felt that seniors in the local community needed a place to come together to escape isolation. Although she did not see her dream come true, we strive to make it a reality for her dedication in the future.
During the last year of her life, she was blessed by several angels in her life: Linda Siragusa who visited her weekly after church, Debbie Cosme who shared lunch with her on Tuesdays, and Maria, Debbie, Cindy , Stacy and Carol, the gurdian angels who took excellent care of her. Truly, Phyllis will be greatly missed by everyone.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia or the Lakeshore Humane Society where Phyllis adopted her faithful cat, Tiger.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass. There will be no public visiting hours.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Michael R. Fantauzzi, owner and director of FAN-TAUZZI FUNERAL HOME. 82 E. Main St., Fredonia, NY