Age 81, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 after an extended battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. Marge was born on September 27, 1938 a daughter of the late Mario and Josephine (Sclafani) Deluca in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, “Margie” learned to sew from her mother and grandmother, seamstresses by trade, and prepped weeknight dinners for her family, skills that became the foundation for her passions and life’s work. After graduating from New Utrecht High School in 1957, Marge worked as a secretary in Manhattan. In 1961, she was introduced by a friend to Louis Cosentino, also of Brooklyn. They wed in 1962, going on to have three children, Paul, James and Andrew. Marge was a devoted wife to Lou and loved being a mom. She poured her boundless energy and creativity into it. An accomplished homemaker, gardener and cook, she was always busy making something for someone, and enjoyed volunteering her talents to help others. “It’s nothing… a few zips on my [sewing] machine”, she would say. With the kids in school, Marge started a home decorating business with her best friend and neighbor out of their basements in Belle Mead, New Jersey. Specializing in English Country-style designs and custom window treatments, Country Chic operated for more than twenty years and included several notable clients. Marge was most proud, however, of her vocation as wife, Mom, Grandma, Aunt Marge and Mrs. C. She cared for and was loved by everyone who knew her. In 1996, she and Lou retired to Pittsburgh to be closer to their sons and daughters-in-law and were soon blessed to share in the lives of their eight grandchildren. During these years, crafts-and-ravioli lunches at Grandma’s were big ticket events, and she was a reliable, early seat to year-round games and concerts. Marge is survived by her spouse of fifty-eight years, Louis; brother, Salvatore (Elizabeth) Deluca; sons, Paul (Katherine), James (Lara) and Andrew (Christy); and grandchildren, Thomas, Sophia, Peter, Nicolas, Josephine, Claire, Julia and Anthony. A private interment will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to CurePSP at www.psp.org.
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