HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Marie Grace Costa Fratello, 86, of Hackensack, died Thursday, Oct. 27.
She was born and raised in Hackensack, to Rosalia Beluardo and Salvatore "Sam" Costa, who emigrated from Sicily in 1901 and surmounted his humble beginnings to become a successful entrepreneur, eventually opening his own grocery store.
While working at the store, she met her late husband Vincent Fratello. Having been raised with a strong work ethic, she managed to carve out a fulfilling career in the hospitality industry, serving in various hostessing, bookkeeping, managerial capacities at Vincent's Luncheonette, Oritani Field Club and Lord & Taylor's chic Bird Cage restaurant and tea room.
Despite the demands of her home and work life, she found time to have fun and to relish her many blessings. She enjoyed playing cards with her sisters and making day trips to Atlantic City with her girlfriends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent; brother, Carmen Costa; and sisters, Pauline Kramer, Grace Bassano and Lillian Costa.
She is survived by her son, Michael Fratello, daughter-in-law Susan Fratello; and grandchildren, Kristi Lynn Fratello and Marc Alan Fratello.
The funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service, 397 Union St., Hackensack. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, 50 Lodi St., Hackensack. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 179 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.