April 7, 1961 – March 3, 2015
Marcia Anastasi-DiNardo spent 16 years as the production supervisor for Forbes Homes, coordinating every aspect of the roughly 100 homes Forbes built each year.
“When she retired after 16 years, they had to hire three people to take her place,” said her husband, Joseph DiNardo.
Years later, she flashed an encyclopedic memory whenever she ran into people whose homes she had helped build.
“She would remember not only the person’s name, but also the exact address and all the details of the house she built for them,” DiNardo recalled.
Mrs. Anastasi-DiNardo died Tuesday in her Amherst home under Hospice care, following a two-year battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. She was 53.
A Clarence native, the former Marcia L. Anastasi graduated from Clarence High School in 1979 and earned her associate degree from Bryant & Stratton College before launching her career in the real-estate division at M&T Bank. After joining MJ Peterson for a few years, she began working with Elliot Lasky as he founded Forbes Homes, which became one of the largest homebuilders in Western New York. Family members said she was respected by builders, developers, subcontractors and the people whose homes she helped build before her retirement in 2002.
Mrs. Anastasi-DiNardo was appointed to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in the fall of 2012, just a few months before she was diagnosed with cancer in February 2013.
She loved spending winter breaks and spring vacations with her family in Naples, Fla., along with other trips with her husband to New York City, Las Vegas, Italy, France and the Caribbean. And she was very close with her extensive “posse” of girlfriends.
Surviving, besides her husband of 15 years, are a daughter, Julianna; a stepson, Joshua DiNardo; her mother, Joan Anastasi; two brothers, Gary and Rick Anastasi; and two sisters, Marie Paolini and Mona Bachman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Rose of Lima Church, 500 Parker Ave.