Lifelong East Hampton resident Concetta “Connie” Fabrizio died on April 1 at her home. She was 89.
Born September 11, 1920, in New York City to Frances and Frank Moltisanti, she moved to East Hampton with her parents and brother in 1931.
The family opened North Main Street Homemade Ice Cream, a luncheonette at 108 North Main, specializing in spumoni and gelati ice cream, with the family living above the store. She attended high school in East Hampton.
At the luncheonette, she was known for delivering food to artist Willem de Kooning, a regular customer who did not drive and usually bicycled to the store. When he was unable to get there, she delivered pasta and ice cream to him and he would ask her to sit and talk for hours while he painted, survivors recalled. James Rosenquist was also a luncheonette regular who became a friend.
In 1944, she met and fell in love with Michael A. Fabrizio Sr. and later that year they were married at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Together they owned and operated a beverage company in East Hampton, Sag Harbor Liquors, and Sag Harbor Appliances on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Mr. and Mrs. Fabrizio would often receive barter offers of art works from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Miriam Schapiro, Paul Brach and Lucia Wilcox for appliances from their store.
Mrs. Fabrizio had a beautiful singing voice, survivors said, and was a member of the Sweet Adelines, with whom she sang at the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. She performed with the Guild Hall Players and was a Cub Scout leader.
In addition to her husband of 66 years, she is survived by two sons, Peter L. Fabrizio of Springs and Dr. Michael A. Fabrizio Jr. of Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Anthony Moltisanti.
Visitation was on April 2 at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Services were held on April 3 at Most Holy Trinity Church, followed by interment at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, also in East Hampton.
In lieu of flowers, donations to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 would be appreciated by the family.