Antoinette F. Garrambone (née RIzzi) passed away on Sunday, November 28th at the age of 97. "Toni" was born and raised in Yonkers where she graduated Commerce High School at the age of 16. She married fellow Yonkers resident Vincent Garrambone in 1942 in Lakeland, Florida, where he was training with the Army Air Corp. Toni could have been an airline stewardess but decided to help the war effort as a "Rosie the Riveter" while her husband served in WWII as a B26 pilot. While serving, Captain Garrambone was shot down by German forces over Holland and held as a POW for over 2 years. After his safe return, the couple settled in Yonkers to raise their two sons, Joseph and Richard. Toni and Vinny were active in political and social circles and members of the Yonkers Raquet Club where she was asked to model at one of the fashion shows. Always known for her elegant style, Toni's picture was selected for publication in the local newspaper, which was a great source of pride for her and her family. Following her husband's death in 1980, Toni worked for Saks Fifth Avenue as a quality control associate for many years before retiring and moving to New Rochelle to live with her two sons, daughter-in-law Linda, and her grandchilden Jenna and David, who were her pride and joy. She had just recently moved to Florida with her children.
Antoinette is survived by her brother Chip Rizzi and her sisters Francis Conti and Victoria McLaughlin who reside in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY. She is predeceased by her older brother Angelo Rizzi and sisters Rose Carozza and Laura DiFilippo. Her family will remember Antoinette as a gregarious, loving soul who would always do her best to help others. Her beautiful warm eyes and smile could light up any room! A candle will always burn in the hearts of all who loved her.