Louise Magro Abitabile passed away peacefully on Saturday September 11 at the age of 93.
Louise was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, the first child of Antonio and Anna Biancardi, and sister of Dominic, and Anthony who survives her. She received a BA from Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, NY and after college she worked as a social worker for New York Foundling Hospital.
She married Salvatore Magro on September 2, 1951 and together they moved to Garden City in 1953 where they raised their four children.
Louise has lived in Garden City for most of her life. 68 years old. She was a dedicated parishioner of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and an active member of the Garden City community club where she served as head of the arts department. But art was not her only passion, she also had a flair for making new friends and an eye for beautiful clothes, which led her to work as a sales associate at Bloomingdale’s. Louise worked at Bloomingdales for 23 years, from its opening until the Franklin Avenue store closed in 1995.
Louise was considered by her family as a true matriarch. She was affectionately known as “Command Central” because she not only ruled the family, but also fostered a loving environment that linked her family of four children, their partners, ten grandchildren, and one. great grandson. She is survived by her four children: Paul Magro (Terrie), Anthony Magro (Laurence), Joanne Seebacher (Robert) and Lisa Combatti (Greg) as well as nine of her ten grandchildren and one great-grandson: Rachel (Thomas McAteer), Lauren (Daniel Hamersma) and Paul Seebacher, Vanessa, Christina and Isabelle Magro, Marc Magro, Kimberly and Daniel Combatti, and her great-grandson Hudson Seebacher-McAteer. After Sal’s death in 1978 at the age of 56, Louise married Peter Abitabile in 1981 and was together for 27 wonderful years until his death in 2008 at the age of 85.
In 2004 Louise lost her grandson, Michael Magro, at the age of 13 to leukemia. Following this tragedy, the family remained strong and resilient. The Michael Magro Foundation was created in 2005 to help families meet the challenges of caring for children with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Michael Magro Foundation michaelmagrofoundation.com/
Louise was universally loved and appreciated for her charming and witty personality, her lively conversational skills, and her concern and respect for everyone she met. She was an incredible woman with great strength and great resilience.