Roberta C. LiCalzi, 74, wife of Gregory M. LiCalzi of New Milford, died March 10, 2012, after battling a long illness with strength and dignity.

She was born July 17, 1937, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to the late Ralph and Jean (Montagna) Cribari. She was a graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa.

Following her marriage in 1959, Mrs. LiCalzi took a teaching position at Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, N.Y.

After raising her family, she became the first director of development at her high school alma mater, which she loved. Upon her retirement from that position, she worked part time at the Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford.

Throughout her life, Mrs. LiCalzi gathered friends who never left her side from her earliest stage in elementary school through her last activities as an adult.

She was known and loved for her genuine interest in people, her keen sense of humor and positive attitude in the face of adversity.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, Mrs. LiCalzi is survived by a daughter, Lauren Esposito, and her daughter, Krista; a son, Paul LiCalzi, and his wife, Victoria, and their son, Trevor; and an extended family of aunts, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held at The Chapel of the Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roberta LiCalzi Scholarship Fund, c/o Good Counsel Academy High School, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.