Antoinette Gaetano, 63, of McQueen Road, Amsterdam, died Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at Mountain Valley Hospice.
She was born in Schenectady on July 25, 1950, a daughter of Anthony and Loretta Gaura Gaetano and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1969 graduate of Broadalbin High School and later earned an associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College.
Toni was a dental hygienist for forty four years at the Amsterdam office of Robert J. Dunning, DDS, PC. She cherished her work and was much loved by her patients. Toni felt her work family was a true part of her own family.
She was known to be an avid antiquer and a creative crafter. Toni enjoyed golf and achieved a hole-in-one at Holland Meadows. She was a volunteer at Proctor's and at SPAC. Her family was her pride and joy and her friends were her special treasures; they meant the world to her. Toni adored her granddaughters and was always fondly interested in their school's culture and mission.
She is survived by two sons, David A. LaBate (Karlyn) of Saratoga Springs, and Joseph T. LaBate (Maria) of Dallas, TX; a brother, James (Mary) Gaetano of Bonita Springs, FL; and two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Isabella LaBate.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 50 Sacandaga Rd., Scotia, NY 12302, (518) 374-8391. The Reverand Michael Neufeld will preside over the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her granddaughters' school: Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106, Johnstown, NY 12095; (518) 883-5323.