I lived on 10th street between 8th and Prospect Park from 1964 to 1969; Our address was six sixty-five.

My mother’s friend Antoinette Cicala lived across the street. She was awesome. I mean there was no one like her.


Over the weekend I received word that she passed away.

What a wonderful lady!

Funny story; One day we were hanging out, can’t even remember where it was; just recall the verbal exchange.

My mother: “Antoinette, how’s your dick?”

Everything stopped.

No one said a thing.

Jaws dropped.

We were mortified!


“MA! What did you say?” I shouted.

Turns out Antoinette’s husband’s first name was Dick.

We all got a laugh out of that one. If you knew my mother Carol, picture her saying that. LOL.

I recall being in the Park House with my mother, Antoinette and a few others. Antoinette ordered a bagel with cream cheese and tomato. I tried it that day and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.

Every Christmas Antoinette and Dick would come over and always give us money for Christmas.

They were awesome.

In their Brownstone they had a really cool pool table. I was making trick shots at nine years old.

RIP Antoinette.



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  1. Maureen Rice (Flanagan) says:

    sorry for your loss…I remember Anne Corrar (Joey’s mom) in the same affectionate way…she was always so kind to me and included me..for an alienated child, this was a lifeline….sorry for your loss, Steve

  2. John Langton says:

    Steve- Sorry to hear about Antoinette! My Mother was a part of that group of friends back in the late sixties, early seventies that included Antoinette, your Mom, Delores Hickey,Joan Delaney and Flo Clangg. I remember Antoinette and Dick very well. There were some Sundays where we wouldn’t get to the early masses at Holy Name and my Mother would take us to Saint Saviour’s. After church, I recall Dick giving us kids a quarter each, such a nice man. And I recall Antoinette as being such a meticulous, well-dressed lady.

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