Matilda Cuomo Biography – Mario Cuomo’s Widow and Andrew Cuomo’s Mother

Published Date   14th Oct. 2018, 17:33 pm  Update Date: April 1st, 2020  02:38 pm
Matilda Cuomo Biography – Mario Cuomo’s Widow and Andrew Cuomo’s Mother
Quick Info
Birth Name: Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Birth Place: United States
Father: Charles Raffa
Mother: Mary Raffa
Spouse: Late Mario Cuomo
Ethnicity: White Caucasian American
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Nationality: American
College: St. John's University
Children: Andrew Cuomo, Maria Cuomo, Margaret Cuomo, Madeline Cuomo, and Christopher Cuomo.

The former Governor of New York, Matilda Raffa Cuomo is the widow of the American politician of Democratic party Mario Cuomo. Likewise, Matilda Cuomo was the First Lady of New York State between the years 1983  and 1995. She was born to parents Charles Raffa and Mary Raffa.

The first Liberty Partnerships Program Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Matilda has chaired the New York State Decade of the Child initiative. Besides that, 86-year-old Matilda has also founded an organization Mentoring USA. The organization works to create mentor relationships for the youth of ages 7-21.

Relationship with Late Husband Mario Cuomo

Matilda and her late husband Mario Cuomo met in the cafeteria at St. John’s in Queens in the year 1951 where they both attended college. However, the pair walked down the aisle in the year 1954 and stayed together until Mario’s death. The soulmates were together for 60 years until Mario died in the year 2015.

Matilda Cuomo with Mario Cuomo.

Matilda and her husband, Mario Cuomo were together for 60 years until Mario Cuomo’s death. Image source: People

The marital relationship between the pair was an old-school marriage where Matilda ran the house and raised five children whereas Mario ran for office.

The relationship between Matilda and Mario is considered one of the greatest love stories by many. Matilda’s love for her husband, Mario, and her generosity of spirit were full on display at her 83rd birthday in September 2015. Cuomo knew that this could be their last birthday together, so she turned her birthday into a celebration of her husband and great love for each other.

Matilda Cuomo with Mario relationship

Matilda is the widow of the late American politician, Mario Cuomo. Image source: Heavy

The enduring love between the pair came to an end after Cuomo died on January 2015 at his home in Sutton Place neighborhood on Manhattan, New York. Matilda Cuomo’s husband, Mario Cuomo was hospitalized for a heart condition and received treatment in November 2014. Furthermore, Mario died only hours after his son Andrew was sworn into a second term as Governor of New York State.

Matilda Cuomo’s Children and Grandchildren

The graduate of St. John’s University’s Teachers College, Matilda is the mother of five children- Andrew Cuomo, Maria Cuomo, Margaret Cuomo, Madeline Cuomo, and Christopher Cuomo.

Matilda and Mario’s older son, Andrew Cuomo has followed in his father’s footsteps all the way to the governor’s mansion. Likewise, Andrew is an American Politician and New York’s 56th governor. Besides that, Andrew is the romantic partner of television chef and author, Sandra Lee. Andrew is the father of three children- Michela Cuomo, Cara Cuomo, and Mariah Cuomo from his previous marriage.

Matilda Cuomo and husband, Mario with son, Andrew Cuomo

Matilda and her husband, Mario Cuomo with son Andrew. The pair has five children together. Image source: NY Daily News.

The Cuomo’s younger son, Chris Cuomo, was a journalist on the ABC Network News magazine Primetime. Likewise, the prominent newscaster has anchored news segments and served as co-host on Good Morning America. Besides that, Chris currently anchors his prime-time show Cuomo Prime Time. Chris and his wife, Cristina Greeven Cuomo share three children- Mario Cuomo, Carolina Cuomo, and Bella Cuomo.

Maria exchanged her vows with the famous New York fashion designer, Kenneth Cole. Matilda Cuomo’s daughter Maria Cuomo is the chairman of a charitable foundation, HELP USA. Likewise, Matilda’s another daughter Margaret is a board-certified radiologist and physician and is married to Haward Maier.

The 86-year-old Matilda anchors the family including five children and 14 grandchildren. Likewise, Matilda and her husband, Mario were always by their children’s side through the seasons of their life.

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