Obituary: Mae T. Cagliostro 1943 – 2012

Mae T. Cagliostro, 68, a resident of Los Alamos passed away on June 6, 2012 after bravely battling leukemia for 6 years. She passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loved ones. Mae’s husband, Dominic was always by her side, caring for her during her battle with leukemia.  Mae was a hero and inspiration to all who knew her. Mae was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a kind, loving, compassionate and caring person who will be missed by all who knew her. Mae was close to all her children and grandchildren – one of her real passions was spending time with them.  She was an integral part of her children’s and grandchildren’s lives which brought her and them tremendous joy.

Mae was born on June 14, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to Nicholas and Catherine Cangeme. Mae grew up in Brooklyn where she met her husband, Dominic. Together they moved to Connecticut then California before settling in Los Alamos. Dominic and Mae shared a loving and happy life together for almost 50 years.  Their marriage and love for each other was admired by all who knew them. Mae provided daycare in her home for many years – she loved caring for children. Mae also loved traveling and spending time with her family and friends – she cherished many great memories of family trips.  Mae always said she had a wonderful life with no regrets and felt she was lucky to have many wonderful family members and friends.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas Cangeme and Catherine O’Donnell-Cangeme; her brother, Robert Cangeme; and her sister, Catherine Swincicki. Mae is survived by her husband, Dominic Cagliostro; her daughter, Donna Rusch and husband Anthony and grandchildren Dominic, Anthony, Gianna, and Vincent of Chandler, AZ; son, Dominic, Jr of Albuquerque; and daughter, Gina Jorgenson and husband Justin and grandchildren Haiden and Ensley of Los Alamos; her brother, Billy Cangeme and wife Emilia; her sister, Patricia Fino and husband Tom; her sister-in-law, Karen Cangeme; her brother-in-law Felix Swincicki; her brother-in-law, Leo Cagliostro and wife Leslie; her brother-in-law, Larry Cagliostro and wife Rosemary; her cousins Tom Farrell and Robert Schueler; as well as many other  family members and friends.

A rosary service will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos, NM. Funeral mass service will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10am at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Lunch will be served after mass at about 11:30am at the church hall, followed by burial at the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos at about 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New Mexico chapter, 4600 A Montgomery Blvd NE Suite 201, Albuquerque, NM 87109, phone 505-872-0141. The family of Mae Cagliostro has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477.


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