June 23, 1935 ~ September 29, 2018
Alberta Matra was the quintessential Brooklyn girl. She enjoyed living with her family and her chihuahua in their home in Bensonhurst. As a stylish young lady, Alberta worked in Manhattan and enjoyed the theater and the opera. In 1958, Alberta met the man of her dreams, Mario and they were married in Regina Pacis Roman Catholic Church on 65th Street. She became Alberta Melito. They remained in Brooklyn where they lived with her mother, Mollie for the next 12 years. During that time she had three children, a girl, Cynthia, who passed shortly after her birth in 1960, a daughter Jacqueline in 1961 and a son Mario Gerard Melito the 3rd in 1965. In 1971, Alberta moved to Deer Park where she made her life amongst her husband's family. She enjoyed being a homemaker, wife and mother. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and struggled with the consequences of this disease for most of her adult life. She also was a 4 time cancer survivor managing to beat the odds each and every time with the love and support of her caring husband, Mario and her family. Her life was made brighter by the birth of her granddaughter, Kyrstin Jacqueline Gentilcore in 1991.In retirement, she followed her husband to their last home in Smithtown where they lived happily together and enjoyed the lovely natural surroundings and quiet of their home. She spent many a day in their shady backyard with her husband signing Italian songs to her. Alberta was a lovely, gracious and beautiful person with the world's best attitude towards life and she will be very missed.