Visiting Wednesday 3-8pm
Mass Thursday 10:00 am OLPH Church Pelham Manor
Burial Gate of Heaven Cemetery
full obituary to follow shortly
Saturday 1/22 at 11am Burial Greenwood Union Cemetery
Cecilia Pompeii Ortiz was reunited with Christ on December 15, 2021. She passed away at home surrounded by her husband and children.
Cecilia led a vibrant life, and is lovingly known for her unbreakable spirit and joy of life. After graduating with her Bachelors from Columbia University, Cecilia set forth on an exciting career in the fashion industry. She travelled extensively, lived in different cities, and eventually taught Spanish at Nightingale Bamford School in New York. Cecilia’s life was full of love: she married, had four children, and remained close with her own siblings and parents. She was a devoted family member and dear friend to many. Cecilia’s love of life and faith in god inspired so many, and she will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her husband Orlando, children Alexander, Maria, Raquel, and Esteban, her father Antonio Sacoto, and her siblings Maria Somers, Luis Sacoto, and Elizabeth Lazaro. She joins in heaven her mother, Isabel, her brothers Tommy and Jimmy, and her sister Martha.
The funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30AM Thursday December 30th. Please join us in celebrating Cecilia’s full life.
Saverio (Sam) Porcelli passed away peacefully in his home in New Rochelle on Sunday, December 5 at the age of 98. He was born in Manhattan to Rosina and Tomaso Porcelli the sixth of seven children. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II after which he ran his grocery store, followed by a career as a carpenter. He and his wife of 65 years, Rita, traveled extensively and were very active in the Elks. Sam is survived by his wife Rita, his three children: Susan, Ellen and her husband John D’Amato, Robert and his husband Christopher Chronis; his sister Agnes Murphy and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visiting Thursday 9:30-11am
Mass Thursday 11:30am Holy Name Of Jesus Church
Evelyn Rita Iannuzzi Moliterno – October 5, 1932-November 26, 2021
Our mother was beautiful – stunning actually, but that doesn’t or shouldn’t necessarily define her because she was so much more than that. She was also elegant, and intelligent, and refined; she was a great hostess, an unlicensed, but extremely talented interior designer, a fairly successful real estate agent, a school volunteer gym teacher and event organizer, a crazy-arm tennis player, a smooth dancer with unstoppable legs and yes, even a gourmet cook. She was always the cool mom!
Born in New Rochelle to Mary Palermo and Emil Iannuzzi, “Evie”as she was called by her friends (and later by all of us in jest), very much followed in her parent’s footsteps: her mother was also a beauty and a fantastic cook, mastering delicacies from every ethnicity that most immigrant Italians had never even heard of; her father, a native New Rochellean, was an entrepreneur and very successful businessman who owned R.E.C. Corporation on Cedar St. where Toyota Crabtree now stands. Mom was the second born: her sister Jean and brother Freddie have both predeceased her and her younger brother Bobby currently lives in Italy with his wife, Maria. She attended New Rochelle High School where she walked to school with her skates in the winter because in those days, you could skate on the lakes, graduated from Dean Junior College in Franklin, Mass and married our beloved father, Carmine (Mel) Moliterno at 21 years of age on January 24, 1954. They had a marriage for the ages: they had three great kids (if we do say so ourselves): Valerie, Melinda (Mindy) and Stephen. They weren’t rich, they didn’t go on vacations or drive fancy cars but they sure did have a fun life together. There was always singing, dancing, especially the Ev and Mel lindy duo, entertaining, celebrating and non stop eating! Sure, there was teasing and fighting (everyone was very loud) and we were usually never allowed to do what other kids could do because mom was tough but dad always stuck by her decisions because, as he said, she loved us so much she didn’t want anything bad to happen to us. And it never really did.
We got older, we married and had children, some of us grandchildren. Valerie married Tony Vanadia; they had 2 daughters, Jessica, who married Kyle McEvily and Noelle, who married Rick Spidalieri; Jessica and Kyle have Ryan, 11, and Alexandra, 8; Noelle and Rick have Graham, 6 years, and Carter, 4. Mindy married Steve Chanelli and they have 3 children: Daniel, Gregory and Candace. Stephen and Michele have 2 kids: Alyssa and Robert. For Ev, that made 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and every single one of them was very accustomed to having Grammy in their lives. We weren’t the type of family who moved away and forgot our roots – they were instilled in us by those two great people and will always be there and, happy to say, continues to live in the next generations.
Somewhere in between the grandkids, our parents moved out of New Rochelle and into Connecticut but with all the grandkids, there was always a reason to come south back to NY. Our dad lived long enough to meet Ryan but unfortunately passed away in 2012 right before Alexandra was born, though we think their paths crossed going up and coming down from heaven. They were married for 60 years. Mom took dad’s death hard, her health was failing but she continued to dole out tough love…on herself, refusing to move back down to New Rochelle or, heaven forbid, in with one of her kids. For almost 9 years since his death, she soldiered on – she cooked for herself, shopped for herself, (though neither made her happy), watched old movies, allowed herself an occasional martini on holidays, for old times sake, continued to demand that we uphold holiday traditions like baccala gravy on Christmas Eve, still dressed up with her rhinestones, aurora borealis beads and bangles for every family celebration and smoked her cigarettes up to the bitter end. Barring the latter, we all wanted to be just like her. We were blessed to have had her in our lives for her 89 years, we will always remember the smell of her perfume, her coral lipstick and Keds sneakers. We won’t be able to drive by a Kentucky Fried Chicken or eat an Entenman’s donut, French onion soup and clams on the half shell without missing her. It will be an odd and sad Christmas for us this year but we are comforted to know that she is finally exactly where she wanted to be with our dad and they are both now watching over us. Evelyn passed very peacefully in her sleep, as she prayed she would, on November 26, 2021.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4-8pm at The George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30am at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.
Annette D. Traversi, 99, of New Rochelle, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by friends, on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. She was born in Bronx, NY on October 10, 1922, to Jim and Mae Traversi. She was their only child. Ms. Traversi completed a college education and worked at Chase Bank in New York City, at Rockefeller Plaza, where she assisted clients with private banking. She enjoyed going to Broadway shows, especially “My Fair Lady”, going to restaurants, from which she collected matchbooks, and traveling abroad. Ms. Traversi’s favorite vacation was her trip to Spain. Ms. Traversi was active in her church, Holy Name Church in New Rochelle. Her father passed away at an early age in 1974, and after, she devoted herself to care for her mother. Ms. Traversi never married but enjoyed spending time with cousins and friends. She loved animals especially her Boxer dog Sparky. She is survived by her cousins including Donna Bauer of Ossining, NY.
Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:00am at Holy Name Church, 74 Petersville Road, New Rochelle, 10801.
Anne K. Dinkel passed away peacefully on October 20, 2021 at the age of 96. She is survived by her daughter Carol Dinkel Winiger of Switzerland, with husband Peter and three grandchildren Heidi, Susanne and Philip and two great-grandchildren, Ruby and Samuel; and son Kenneth B. Dinkel of Armonk, NY, with wife Nancy and two grandchildren: Stefan and Kenneth Jr. Her husband of 57 years, Philip Sr., and son Philip Jr. predeceased her.
Anne was born on August 20, 1925, one of eight children, to Stefan and Maria Bauer of New Rochelle, N.Y. A native of New Rochelle and graduate of New Rochelle High School, she worked as an executive secretary in New York City and served as the Corresponding Secretary of the Catholic Women’s Club of Westchester. She had a flair for business and worked for many years in real estate in Larchmont – culminating in running her own business, Anne K. Dinkel Realtor. A trailblazer in a male-dominated industry she graciously lent her support to the young upcoming agents new to the field. She was passionate about her work and grateful for the trust and respect of her clients.
Anne was also one of the longest members of the Larchmont Shore Club, joining in 1956. She enjoyed playing tennis, loved swimming and was a dedicated “swim team Mom”, driving her children and their teammates to swimming meets all over the county and helping out at the events. She took great pleasure in seeing her children, and then grandchildren, enjoy the seaside in Larchmont and after retirement, in Chatham, Cape Cod.
Anne had a wonderful independent spirit, was adventurous by nature and loved traveling. During her many visits over the years to her family in Switzerland she journeyed all over Europe and also delighted in visiting countries further afield such as Malta, Morocco, and Turkey. She had a long and happy life and will be remembered as a woman of deep faith. She was a fun-loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and good friend.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 19 from 4–8 p.m. at George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Church of St. Patrick, 29 Cox Avenue, Armonk, New York 10504. Bottom of Form
Leo Harju, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, passed away on June 28, 2021. He was 91.
Leo was born on October 9, 1929 to the late William and Sanna Elizabeth (Jenstrom)
Leo served in the US Army during the Korean war from 1951 – 1953
Leo was a member of United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Local 1500
Leo delivered for Gristedes Markets in Pelham, NY & Bridgeport, CT
Beloved father, Grandfather, & Great Grandfather
Leo was an easy-going, happy spirit who cherished family. Loved by all who knew him, he had the moniker “the mayor” at United Hebrew Geriatric Center as Leo would travel the facility greeting everyone he encountered. Leo always had a smile and was an avid, or should I say rabid, New York Yankee fanatic. He faced many major medical issues in his life, including COVID beating them all.
Leo was affectionately known as Pop to family members
On June 28, 2021 Pop was called home
Leo is predeceased by his mother and father, William and Sanna Elizabeth Harju (Jenstrom),
Wife, Barbara Strazza Galletta Harju & stepdaughter Barbara Galletta Marino
Leo is survived by Anthony Galletta (stepson) & wife Jo-Ann (Candrea), Ronald Marino (son-in-law), Grandchildren, Megan, Michael & Mathew (Marino) / Anthony Galletta, Jr. and wife Caralyn (Bollag), Joseph Galletta and spouse Noel Cromb and Greatgrandchildren, Nicole & Anthony Joseph (Galletta)
So, the next time we have a beer or glass of wine while watching the Yankees let’s toast Pop who is surely watching over his family while cheering for the Yankees from above…” Gin Don”
Visitation will be on Thursday 4-8pm at 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 10am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.