Dorothy Schiavoni, age 88, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Southampton Hospital.
Born in Southampton on June 17, 1924 to Herbert Henry Brown and Rose Ward Brown, Mrs. Schiavoni graduated from Pierson High School in 1942 and worked at the Bulova Watchcase Factory. In 1944 she married Charles W. Staudinger and they had two children, Melanie Staudinger Buttonow and Randolph Staudinger. Widowed in 1960, she later married Guido Schiavoni and had a daughter Carla Marie Schiavoni.
“She always said that the mainstay of her life was nature and throughout her life she loved flowers, plants and gardening,” said the family. “She was an avid crossword puzzle doer and could solve any cryptoquote in no time. She loved Latin music and Steel Band, particularly Vivienne and the Merrymakers. She was great at interior decorating and making costumes, and was an amateur painter.”
Mrs. Schiavoni was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, AARP, the Historical Society and the Friends of the Library. At the time of her death she belonged to St. Andrew’s Church, the Columbiettes and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Center.
She is survived by seven grandchildren, Randy Staudinger, Michelle Fryo, Mark Staudinger, Marlena Maher, Tara Brinka, Jimmy Butts, Jr. and Thomas Schiavoni; six great-grandchildren and devoted friends Lee King and Lil Wils.
Mrs. Schiavoni was remembered for her friendliness and her courageous and valiant fight against her illness at a prayer service held March 27.