Many Valley Stream residents who lived here in the 1980s and ’90s will likely remember Nina Rosa Giaccone Maurer. She moved from her home in Valley Stream to Spring Hill Florida about 20 years ago, but never forgot her New York roots, nor the friendships she forged during her many years here in Valley Stream where she raised her family and made her mark.
Maurer died at 90 on Sept. 17, 2022.
In death as in life, she was strong. Those lucky enough to have spoken with her just before her death reported that she was the same Nina, determined not to be slowed down or defeated by what was to come.
She volunteered over the course of several decades on the board of Friends of Bridge, Valley Stream’s outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. Maurer was a tenacious fighter for all the right reasons, and she got results. Many, many community members owe a lot to her for the good works she did at Bridge quietly behind the scenes. Most never even knew her name.
In Florida, it seemed that Maurer stayed true to form, but with different activities. She proudly served as president of the Nature Coast Sons of Italy, and let it be known that her favorite pastimes included reading, eating, socializing and spending time with family. When asked what her proudest moments were she responded that it was becoming a mother, then a grandmother, and finally, a great-grandmother.
She was predeceased by her father Anthony Giaccone; and her siblings, Sylvester Giaccone and Vita Giaccone Ingolia. She is survived by her children Eric Anthony Maurer and Adrienne Marie Maurer; her grandchildren, Christie McGarty Marino, Nicholas McGarty, Stephen Maurer, Nicole Maurer McBride, Deena and Maurer Moreno; and her great-grandchildren, Thomas Marino, Christopher Marino, Alessandrea Marino, Emma McGarty and Nicholas McGarty, Jr.