Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman John Katko (24th District of New York)
Katko: Noreen Falcone’s legacy will live on through the many community works she championed and the countless lives she uplifted with her educational endeavors
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life and enduring legacy of CNY educator and philanthropist, Noreen Reale Falcone, who passed away on February 6, 2021.
Rep. Katko’s remarks can be viewed here and below:
Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Noreen Reale Falcone who passed away on February 6th, just shy of her 84th birthday.
Noreen was a lifelong educator, passionate philanthropist, and a cherished community leader who lived her life in service to others.
A Syracuse native, Noreen started her career working as an elementary school teacher. There, she developed a passion for helping young people achieve their dreams and become well-rounded adults who strive to make the world more just and humane.
Even before she started teaching, Noreen always focused on philanthropy. As a child, her family recounts a time in which she donated a new bicycle she received on Christmas to a less advantaged child. In adulthood, she served on countless charitable boards, as the president of the board of trustees at Manlius Pebble Hill School, and in various roles at her alma mater, Le Moyne College. In recognition of Noreen’s contributions to education and her service to the community, in 1998 Le Moyne named its library the Noreen Reale Falcone Library.
Beyond her love for education and philanthropy, Noreen was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a woman of strong Catholic faith who was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles and participated in service missions around the world.
Noreen Falcone will leave behind an enduring legacy that will live on through the many community works she championed and the countless lives she uplifted through her educational endeavors.
Madam Speaker, I ask that my colleagues in the House join me in honoring the life and legacy of Noreen Falcone. May she rest in peace.