It is with great sadness that we share the news that Mario Zanghetti, 86, of Waterford, CT and formerly of Fishers Island, NY, died peacefully on Saturday, March 12th, with his family.
Mario was a devoted husband to Mary Quinn Zanghetti, whom he met in 1955 during Mary’s first visit to Fishers Island. It seemed to be love at first sight and they were married on Fishers Island a year later. Mario spent the majority of his life on Fishers Island, where he and Mary raised their three children, sons Richard, Mark and daughter Maria. Mario and his brother Ronnie founded Z&S Contracting in 1968, managing it into a very successful home construction business.
Mario’s family was the center of his world, and he was a champion supporter of their games, hobbies and always the first one to help with anything anyone ever needed. The highlight of his day was a visit or facetime time with his grandchildren; Isabelle, Sofie, Max, Mia and Alayna as well as his frequent visits with David and Elaine Zanghetti and their sons Nick and Drew and Linda and Brian Sherman and their children Christopher and Anina.
Mario dedicated most of his retirement to spending time with his family, friends and playing golf. He was a member of Great Neck Country Club where he enjoyed warm friendships and looked forward to the friendly competition at his weekly golf matches. He continued to play golf frequently into this past Fall season and was always proud to say his golf game improved with age – especially on those rare days when he broke 90!
There will be a gathering of Mario’s family and friends at 11 – 12:30pm on Saturday, March 19th at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, located at 12 Ocean Avenue, New London, followed by a Mass at 1pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 149 Montauk Ave, New London. A private burial will be held at later date at the family’s burial plot on Fishers Island.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Mario Zanghetti.