Ida Massaro will be honored posthumously at the annual Meeting of the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Massaro, who died at age 75 in 2017, dedicated her life to serving others. Several days after her death, in honor of her contributions to the community, Niagara Falls was illuminated in red, white and blue.
Those who are arranging her Tuesday tribute say her service cut across the fabric of the community, and that she volunteered wherever there was a need, for the downtrodden, the elite and anyone or anything in between.
She was employed as an English teacher for the Niagara Falls Board of Education for over 35 years, retiring from Niagara Falls High School. In addition, Ida was legislative aid for Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte for eight years.
Ida was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, where she served as president, and the Tatler Club. She also served as president of College Club of Niagara Falls, NCTE, NYSUT, chairperson of District Committee of New Niagara Falls High School, chairperson of the Niagara Falls and Niagara County Democratic Committee. She was also a board member of the Friends of Niagara Falls Library, the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission and State Parks Commissioner.
Of Tuesday's tribute, her sister JoAnn said of Ida, "She would be thrilled." Her sister received many awards in her lifetime, but was humble about the honors that came her way. "There were times she got an award that the family didn't know until after she received it. We'd read it in the paper," JoAnn said.
Her family appreciates that people still remember Ida. "My sister has been passed away for two years and people are still talking about everything she did and what a mentor she was and how much she helped everybody and how generous she was with the family and close friends," JoAnn said.
Speakers will include Ida's cousin Andrea Quarantillo, her colleague, former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
The mission of the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library is to support library programming primarily through volunteerism and raising money through memberships, donations and the sale of used literary items.