Pauline F. Re (nee Van Sickle), age 85, of Dongan Hills by way of Pine Island, New York passed away with her loving husband, Amedy Re, by her side on July 19th, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Amedy Re for 62 years; adored daughter of late Clarence and late Josephine Van Sickle; loving mother of Joanne Castellano, Jimmy Re and his wife, Daria Noto, Tommy Re, Rich Re and his wife, Virginia, and Carolyn Jacob and her husband, Jim; the cherished Grandmother of Tony and Chris Castellano, Corina Rice, Alexia Infortuna, Justin, Thomas, Alita, Josephine, and Sylvia Re and Luke and Paul Jacob; treasured Great-Grandmother of Ethan, Ava, Ema, Amina, and Ariana; dear sister of Virginia, Lillian, Richie, and late siblings John, Elizabeth, Frances, and Joanie; as well as the aunt of numerous nieces and nephews and cousin and godmother to many.
Pauline was born April 19th, 1932 in Pine Island, New York. She and her siblings were raised on a farm, original homesteaders. Starting at the age of four, Pauline worked tirelessly in the black dirt fields, along with her parents and siblings, ensuring that the family survived and prospered. Pauline’s ability to ensure a family endured any obstacle they faced was birthed and developed through these experiences. Her early life was the essence of a rural existence. Her family’s lifestyle was absent of modern comforts. However, the family used all means at their hands to meet the necessary ends. An outhouse and wood stove were essential utilities for them.
In 1949, at the age of 17, Pauline met the love of her life, Amedy Re, when Amedy and his brother John had gone from their home in Brooklyn to build a house on their father’s newly purchase acre of land in Goshen Hills. Pauline and Amedy happened to attend a local dance hall on the same night, where Pauline pointed at her soon to be husband and frankly asked her cousin, “who is that handsome guy?” After a five-year courtship, and after Amedy returned from serving with the Marines in the Korean conflict, Pauline and Amedy were married on September 4th, 1954 in a two-day wedding in Pine Island, New York. They settled in Brooklyn, New York where they raised a family of five children, moving to Staten Island shortly after the fourth child was born in 1965.
Pauline’s interests were varied and innumerous. Infinite selflessness was the essence of her being. She always gave what she could, whenever she could, to whoever needed it, from people in her closest family to total strangers. Oftentimes, there were accidents near her home and Pauline never hesitated to race to the site of the incident to aid and assist. Her family was the center of her life. Pauline was devoted and dedicated to everybody, especially her husband, children, and grandchildren. Everything she did in her life was done in an effort to better the life of her loved ones, including donating her time for many years to St. Sylvester’s so her children could attend the best possible private school. Pauline made it her business to ensure that a person’s birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other important day in their life, was made as special and memorable as it could be. Holidays were a central part of her life; parties were often held at her house where all were welcomed to great food, perpetual love, and unforgettable times. Her favorite pastime was, and always will be, dancing. She would dance from the beginning to the end of every party and even at the end of her life she would make every effort she could to get up and dance. Pauline loved to show off the strength she had built during her years of work on the family farm by challenging much younger people to wrestling matches and almost always coming out of the bouts victorious. She dedicated an enormous amount of her life to taking care of people and ensuring the life of her loved ones were consistently improved. She acted as a caretaker and babysitter to people of all ages. She was the president of the mother’s guild at St. Sylvester’s, a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, and a Girl Scout Leader. She coached her daughter Carolyn’s softball team and was the president of her bowling league for decades. Pauline started her own catering business and loved to serve as a waitress for various restaurants and event establishments. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. She spent time gardening in her own yard as well as at a local community garden, loved to read the paper and complete the games the papers published, especially the crossword puzzles. She loved to watch the Mets play baseball on television with her husband as well as attend games in person and play cards long into the night with her family.
Pauline has left the Earth but her spirit is surely living on, dancing with “the stars.” Although she was short in stature she will always be remembered for her gigantic heart. She needed to shed that sick body and soar that beautiful soul into the highest of Heavens and the greatest of Love. Our tiny dancer will be missed.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Pauline’s memory.