Lucy Delio, a paraprofessional at the Connetquot Central School District for more than 30 years, died Aug. 1 at The Waterfalls, a retirement community in Lake Ronkonkoma. She was 89.
Delio died of her injuries after she slipped and fell in the community's laundry room.
Born Nov. 16, 1923, as Lucy Nunziata, Delio was raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in Manhattan in the early 1940s. She attended the Stenotype Institute in Manhattan, and graduated as a court reporter two years after finishing high school.
Delio held several jobs, including court reporter, a teacher at the Stenotype Institute and administrator for the government's Selective Service System, her family said.
She met her husband, Vincent, when she was 12 and he delivered sewing materials to her mother. The two married in 1948, and moved from Brooklyn to Ronkonkoma in 1967.
In an effort to stay close to her children, Delio began working as a paraprofessional at the Connetquot Central School District soon after the family moved to the area. She held several positions in the district, including teacher's aide for remedial reading. She also helped foreign language speakers learn English, her family said.
The job was a perfect fit for Delio, who strongly believed in the value of learning and loved working with children, her family said. "She was all about education; that was the most important thing to her," said Anita Reff of Stony Brook, a daughter.
Delio and her husband also loved to volunteer their time. She was a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America for five years and a Girl Scout leader for seven years -- later becoming the Girl Scouts district chairwoman for Suffolk County. Delio was also an officer of the Parent Teacher Association and president of the Connetquot Paraprofessional Association.
"I think the thing about her that was so amazing is that she did all these things so gracefully while raising five children," said daughter Gina George of Manhattan.
Delio retired from her job in the school district in her mid-70s. However, she never stopped volunteering. She was the president of the Ronkonkoma Senior Center until her death.
"They couldn't just join a club, they had to be president of the club," Reff said of her parents. "She was such a positive and compassionate woman. She got the most joy out of helping others."
In addition to her daughters, Delio is survived by two sons, Jaime Delio of Ellenville and Robert Delio of Montville, Maine; a brother, Alfonse Nunziata of Ronkonkoma; a sister, Teresa Romano of Port Washington; and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband in 2003, and a daughter, Susan Delio, in May 2013.
A religious service was held Aug. 5 at Moloney's Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Lake Ronkonkoma, and a funeral Mass and committal service were celebrated on Aug. 6 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma and the Mother Teresa Tribute Center in Lake Ronkonkoma.