Lydia Taddei, who became an active member of the St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church parish in Montauk after buying a house there in 1986, died at home last Thursday of lung cancer. She was 78.
Mrs. Taddei and her husband, Robert Taddei, who died in 2004, lived in Woodside, Queens, after they were married in 1953. They owned the Villa Lucia, an Italian restaurant in Astoria, Queens, where Mr. Taddei was the chef and his wife kept the books.
In 1974 Mrs. Taddei went to work for the New York City school system, in the lunchroom at P.S. 151. She retired in the early 1990s.
At first, the Taddeis kept a boat in Montauk. After buying their house, they became part-time residents, finally moving to the hamlet full time after Mrs. Taddei’s retirement.
The couple became close with the Rev. Peter Libasci, who is now a bishop but was formerly a priest at St. Therese, and Mrs. Taddei got involved in numerous church and community events.
She was born on July 23, 1933, to Peter Fessia and the former Theresa Nigra in Jackson Heights, Queens, and attended public schools there.
Surviving Mrs. Taddei are her children, Adrianne Taddei of Glendale, also in Queens, and Andrew Taddei of Hagerstown, Md. Also surviving are two sisters, Rosemarie Stamoli of Deer Park and Shirley Bennardo, who lives in Bayville and Queens.
Wakes were held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday and Monday. The Rev. Michael Rieder officiated at a Mass at St. Therese on Tuesday. Burial followed at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.