Florence Sgambati, the wife of North Hills Village Deputy Mayor Dennis Sgambati, died Tuesday of lung cancer. She was 65.

Sgambati was born on Jan. 8, 1947, in the Bronx. After her graduation from William Howard Taft High School, she began work as an executive secretary for accounting firm Arthur Young and Co. in New York City, Dennis Sgambati said.

She met her future husband as she stood on the sidewalk outside her workplace. Dennis Sgambati, a construction contractor, said he was headed for an appointment in the building when he spotted her.

"It was love at first sight," he recalled.

After nine months of dating, the two married in 1970 and moved to Plainview, he said. Nine years later, the Sgambatis moved to North Hills, where she became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of North Hills Country Club.

In her free time, Florence Sgambati enjoyed golf, bowling and the card game May I. But she was a city girl at heart and loved traveling to Manhattan to go to shows, the theater, museums and the ballet, her husband said.

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Her niece, Nancy Plechy of Whippany, N.J., said her aunt loved shopping and the holidays.

"She was very kind; she was generous," said Dennis Sgambati. "And she loved life."

Sgambati is also survived by a son, Michael Sgambati of Searingtown; her mother, Rose Aloisi of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; sisters Liz Heusel of Florham Park, N.J., and Rosemarie Dimeglio of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and grandchildren Michael Sgambati and Kristina Sgambati, in addition to her extended family. Her father, Edward Aloisi, predeceased her.

A wake was held on Wednesday and Thursday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in New Hyde Park.