Antoinette McCarthy, 83
Antoinette M. (Rossi) McCarthy of Flushing, a retired attorney and the wife of former Queens Tribune editor Thomas McCarthy, died on Jan. 27 in Calvary Hospital in the Bronx from respiratory complications after experiencing a fall on Christmas Eve at her home.
A Queens College alumna, she began practicing law after graduating from New York University Law School, one of a very few women in the Class of 1953. She became active in Democratic causes and with the Queens County Women’s Bar Association.
She was married on June 15, 1958 and later chose to take time out from her legal practice to raise her two sons, Michael and Christopher, but returned to law when they entered their late teens. McCarthy then practiced immigration law in Queens before joining the Westchester County Attorney’s Office in June 1978, first handling juvenile delinquency cases in Family Court and later becoming one the office’s chief litigators. She retired as senior assistant county attorney in 1995.
Besides her husband and sons, she is survived by two grandsons, Matthew and Mark. Requiem Mass was held on Feb. 2 in St. Mel’s Catholic Church, in Flushing, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.