By Lisa Kava
Mary Zingone Vinci, of Zingone Brothers, the neighborhood family-owned grocery store at Columbus Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets, passed away from cancer on May 17th, 2022. She had been diagnosed with sarcoma in September 2021, her brother Dominick told West Side Rag. She was 58 years old.
Mary was the daughter of Josephine and Ralph Zingone, and a great niece of Domenico Zingone, who founded Zingone Brothers with his brother Vicenzo in 1927. Born and raised on the Upper West Side, Mary began working in her family’s store when she was just 18 years old and continued to work there for 40 years. She was a staple in the community and the neighborhood, always with a friendly smile and ready to help her customers with her trademark enthusiasm.
“She was the nicest lady, always running around the neighborhood and saying hello to everyone,” a community resident said.
The funeral took place on Sunday, May 22nd at the Colonial Funeral Home in Staten Island. A neighborhood service honoring Mary’s life took place on Monday, May 23, at the Holy Trinity Church on West 82nd Street.
Mary was beloved by her family and by the neighborhood residents, many of whom were like a second family to her. She leaves behind her mother, Josephine, her husband Charlie, and her daughter Gabriella, and many others. “Mary was so loved by so many and will always be right here in our hearts,” Dominick Zingone said.
Donations can be made in Mary’s name and memory to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
West Side Rag offers its deepest sympathy.