Volunteer Honored after More than 30 Years of Service
Marie Iannone of Farmingdale has been volunteering at St. Joseph for more than 30 years. A former contract administrator for the Department of Defense, Marie resigned due to health issues. Not wanting to sit home, Marie decided to volunteer. When she first started, her husband worked during the day, so she took a cab to and from the hospital. Once, Mike, her husband of 64 years, retired, he began escorting Marie back and forth. Whenever Marie thinks of giving up the volunteer position, Mike reminds her that she is the “Information Lady”, and that people need her to be there for them. Marie works the front desk every Wednesday and not only directs visitors but also offers an ear to someone who wants to talk, or comfort to someone in need. She is often stopped in a store or restaurant by people whose lives she has touched. “I love what I do. I help people who are often having a tough time. I smile and try to make their day a little better.”
Marie, the proud mother of three – two of whom work for Catholic Health Services – has eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.