March 10, 2017

Lorraine F. Agresta, 82, of Amsterdam, N.Y., has gone to her eternal rest on Friday, March 10, 2017. Born on Feb. 8, 1935 in Amsterdam N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Rose Goska and Stanislaus Drew.

A lifelong area resident, Lorraine graduated from the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School Class of 1953.  She married the love of her life Frank D. Agresta on Sept. 5, 1955. It was a strong and beautiful union that lasted until his passing on Jan. 22, 1996. Lorraine spent many years as a telephone operator. Over her dedicated years of service she watched the progression of phone service and how it evolved. From sitting in front of a large switchboard manually moving wires quickly and efficiently from port to port to connect lines, to what it is today and the simplicity of just hitting a button to connect a call. She worked for the New York Bell Telephone Company which was formally located in Amsterdam. She also spent time working at the information desk for St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. Lorraine was an avid reader who truly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a devoted woman who was caring, nurturing, and soft spoken. Her absence will leave an irreplaceable void among her family and close friends.

Lorraine is survived by her son Frank Agresta and his wife Debbie; her sisters, Irene Piech of San Jose, Calif., and Barbara Guisti and her husband Larry of Perth, N.Y.; her brother, Norman Drew of San Diego, Calif.; her grandchildren, Matthew (Kaylyn) Monty of Galway, N.Y., and Joseph (Dionna) Monty of Ballston Spa, N.Y. Many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Lorraine is predeceased by her beloved husband Frank; and her parents Rose and Stanislaus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam, with Rev. Jeffrey L’Arche as celebrant. Burial will immediately follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Amsterdam. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Chapel prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made in Lorraine’s honor to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam, NY 12010. Those wishing to express their condolences to the family may do so by signing our online memorial at