Alfreda E. Tarquini of Amherst, a homemaker who ran several businesses with her husband, died Monday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. She was 77.
Born Alfreda Przespolewski in Buffalo, she grew up in the city and graduated from Corpus Christi School and St. Mary's Business School. She had lived in Amherst since 1963.
Mrs. Tarquini, known as "Jackie" to friends and family, was co-owner of Tarquini Pizzeria, which had shops in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Depew, and Metro Royal Homes of Western New York, a real estate agency.
She was a member of the Canisius College Scholarship Associates and the local Girls Town of Italy and Women Interested in Cystic Health chapters. She was the cystic health group's local Woman of the Year in 1995.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Pasquale; a daughter, Mary Lou de la Plante of Clarence; a son, Pat of Williamsville; a brother, Eugene Przespolewski of Cheektowaga; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.