A Greenwich resident of 50 years, Sandra Papone, who was chair of Alzheimer's Society galas, died Saturday, Aug. 24 of heart failure. She was 87.
She was born on July 6, 1932, in New York City.
Papone is survived by her husband Aldo Papone, her daughter, Renata Papone-Lally, and her son-in-law Christopher Lally.
Her "greatest joy" were her grandchildren, Gregory and Alexandra. "Sandra would light up the minute they walked into the room," said the obituary.
Working in Manhattan at a small Italian clothing boutique called Barra of Italy on Park Avenue in the early '50s, she met the "love of her life" and they married shortly after and lived in Manhattan.
Their only child was born in 1959 and in 1969 the family moved to Greenwich.
In the early '80s, she was extremely active in the Alzheimers Society, co-chairing several of their galas.
Papone was an avid reader with a voracious love of knowledge. Her husband's position at American Express afforded her being surrounded by dignitaries, presidents, and royalty.
Sandra and Aldo have a pavilion named after them at Hospital for Special Surgery from their years of charitable donations and dedication.
Sandra was a big supporter of St. Jude Children's Hospital, Connecticut Food Bank, and Doctors without Borders, according to the obituary.
A funeral was held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Greenwich.
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