Marie Bombara Levantino, of Massapequa, N.Y., died on April 12, 2020 at the age of 97. The daughter of Carmelo and Adelina Bombara, Marie was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 3, 1923, and grew up there with two brothers, John and Peter. She graduated from New Utrecht High School at age 16 and went on to study Italian, French and Spanish at Brooklyn College, where she also met her husband-to-be, Barney Levantino. They married in 1946. She worked at Bendix Corporation, and then took time off to care for her three sons, Joseph, Carl and Barney. After returning to work, she handled international communications for an import/export company. Marie was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. Her favorite activity was baking cookies, cakes and pastries. Holidays were special to her, and she was famous for getting up at dawn to put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Christmas dinner was always a labor of love and a feast of Italian specialties. When her grandchildren walked in the house, the first thing she asked is if they were hungry. Marie is survived by her son Joseph and his wife, Susan, her son, Barney and his wife, Linda, her grandchildren Michael and his wife, Amanda, James, Gregory, Christine and Angela and Linda’s children Joseph and Kristina; her nephew Carl and his wife, Constance, and niece Maryann Bombara.


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  1. Joseph and Susan, Barney and Linda and all the grandchildren:
    Our sincerest condolences on the lose of Aunt Marie. So many fond memories of this remarkable, happy, loving, family member. She loved her Family First and foremost. You are so Blessed to have her as long as you did. Our hearts ache for all of you. Treasure your love for her and smile as she loved you all so much….
    Georgie and Greg Frech

  2. Only met Marie once or twice. My first impression was that of a very nice and refined woman. A loss of a mother and a Grandmother is always sad. Marie Rest in Peace.
    I pray that your families find strength in all the wonderful memories they shared through time spent with her. Sending LOVE and Prayers!!

  3. We were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. May her memory be eternal. Rest In Peace Marie.

  4. Our dear Aunt Marie, Thank you for the many happy memories , the love, the smiles, the great holiday celebrations. We will always have you in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In peace. love Carl + Constance Bombara

  5. My mother in law was an amazing woman. She welcomed me into the family with such warmth. We have so many wonderful memories of holidays, when we were all together sharing a holiday dinner. Marie kindly invited my parents to join us which has meant so much to me. I will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace.

  6. Joe/Barney-
    My sincerest condolences to you and the rest of the family on your Mom’s passing. She was a great lady and we will all miss her very very much. I apologize for not being able to attend in person but I want you to know that we are with you in spirit. Take care and see you soon.
    Rob & Donna Goban

  7. I will always remember Marie as a very beautiful, kind, sweet and generous lady who made the world’s most delicious eggplant parmigiana. Rest well Marie. -Marshall Taylor

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