Gloria Presti, a Brewster resident, died peacefully on Apr. 11 at her home. She was 92.
Presti was born July 26, 1928, in the Bronx to Anthony and Rose (Prestera) Mancini. She was a graduate of Walton High School in the Bronx.
On June 12, 1948, she married the love of her life, George J. Presti, in St. Helena Church in the Bronx. He predeceased his wife after 50 years of marriage on Nov. 28, 1998.
Presti was a nursery schoolteacher for 15 years at Noah’s Ark in Mahopac. She loved her job and working with children. She was an active member of the Putnam County Italian American Social Club in Brewster and a longtime parishioner of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church. Presti was also an avid reader and gardener and got so much joy from her hobbies during her life.
She is survived by her children, George Presti Jr. of Southbury, Conn., Steven Presti and his partner, Kathy Kato, of Brewster, Toni Presti and her husband, Korey Elsesser, of Kent, Conn., Dianne Presti and her husband, William Cash, of Catskill, N.Y. and Caryn Presti and her husband, James Billesimo, of Poughquag, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Samantha and Caitlynne Cash and Marra Elsesser; her sister, Lucille Piccoli; sister-in-law Paula Coniglio and her husband, Bob; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Anne Inaora, daughter-in-law Shirley Presti and her father-in-law George Presti and mother-in-law Mildred Presti.