Lucille Golio, a former resident of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry, died in her sleep at the Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Ossining on Friday, Sept. 24.
Known to her family and friends as Cece, Lucille was born in 1933 to Lillian (Santore) and Paul DeAstis of Ardsley. The youngest of six sisters, she grew up in Ardsley and then moved with her mother and siblings to Dobbs Ferry in 1942.
At age 20, Lucille began working as a phone/switchboard operator for Bell Telephone. Forty-two years later, she retired from Verizon. Lucille was married for 10 years to Michael Golio, a fellow Dobbs Ferry classmate, who was the brother of her sister Florence Golio’s husband, Frank.
A lifelong Yankees fan, Lucille was introduced to the team by her mother in the 1940s, and sported a Yankees-logo tattoo on her right shoulder. One of the highlights of her life was meeting Johnny Mathis, the performer she most admired, following one of his concerts. She was also a lover of animals, with a particular affection for cats.
In 1996, Lucille moved from Dobbs Ferry to a condo community in Greenburgh where she lived with her sister Jackie, with whom she enjoyed many senior trips and meals at local Italian restaurants. Since December 2020, Lucille was a resident of the Cedar Manor Nursing Home, where she was a favorite of the staff.
Lucille's sense of humor and bubbly personality endeared her to many, and she will be remembered for her generous smile and laughter. She was a devoted daughter, sister, sister-in-law, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend. She is survived by her beloved sister Jackie, and by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA of Westchester (Briarcliff Manor) and the Humane Society of the United States (Washington, D.C.) would be appreciated.