Niagara Gazette


December 3, 2013

Linda Augustino-Rafferty


Linda (Burmaz) Augustino-Rafferty, 67, of Town of Niagara, NY entered into her new life on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Joseph D. and Violet (Coleman) Augustino.
Linda attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School and Niagara County Community College. A true entrepreneur, Linda operated her own business as a cosmetic consultant for over forty years, representing many cosmetic corporations, including Lady Finelle and Fashion 220. In addition to her strong work ethic, Linda was also devoted to her church, Destiny Christian Church in Niagara Falls, where she was involved with their Angels of Mercy and Alpha programs. Among her many professional and community involvements, she was a long time member and served in many officer positions with the American Business Women's Association (ABWA); a member of the Operation Pride in Progress Committee in Niagara Falls, a member of the Niagara County Republican Party and also served as an election worker. In her leisure she enjoyed making wedding and special occasion cakes and cookies, flower arrangements and wreaths, and many other creative arts and crafts projects.
Linda is survived by her husband of sixteen years, Timothy P. Rafferty, Sr.; two daughters, Lisamarie Burmaz of Niagara Falls, NY and Dina (Burmaz) Young of Warwick, RI; grandson, Zachary Young; Tim's children, Timothy (Barbara) Rafferty, Jr. and Corrinna (Danny) Rhinehardt, both of Niagara Falls, NY and Jill (Doug) Obrochta of Cohocton, NY; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael "Buddy" (Jean) Augustino of Williamsville, NY; a sister, Joyce (late Ralph) Mauro of Niagara Falls, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Visitation on Wednesday from 2-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 AM with Rev. Lou Perez officiating. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Destiny Christian Church, 905 College Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, Lupus Foundation of America ( or American Heart Association (
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