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Obituary: Mary Ann Garone-LaBagh

Mary Ann Garone-LaBagh
Mary LaBagh, 95, a longtime resident of Glen Cove, passed away on July 15 at Glen Cove Hospital. She was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 27, 1914, the eldest daughter of the late Michael and Teresa Garone. She was predeceased by her three siblings, John Garone, Patrick Garone and Marion Garone-Stemcosky.

Mary met her late husband, Victor LaBagh, at a high school dance in the late 1920s. When Victor was stationed in California during WW II, Mary followed to be by his side. After the war, they settled in Sea Cliff and then built their home in 1952 in Glen Cove.

As a young woman she was a volunteer in the Sea Cliff Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Throughout the years, she continued to be an active volunteer in the community. She belonged to the Columbiettes, knitted sweaters, blankets and hats for the AHRC and was an active member of the Glen Cove Senior Center. Mary and Vic were the charter members of the Golden Age Happy Hour Club at the senior center. She and Vic loved to dance and travel. They moved to The Regency in Glen Cove in 2007 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in a beautiful ceremony.

Survivors include her daughter Susan Hopkins; four grandchildren, Sheri Ann Skinner-Siee, Mikel Skinner, Kelly Henderson and Matthew Henderson; and two great-grandchildren, Haley Valentine-Henderson and Mikel Victor Skinner Jr. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Vicki Ann LaBagh-Skinner.

Arrangements were made by Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Donations can be made in her memory to Melanoma Research Foundation either at www.melanoma.org or by mail to: Melanoma Research Foundation, 170 Township Line Rd., Building B, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.