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Giovanni Lazzara

Giovanni Lazzara

Giovanni Lazzara, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died peacefully at home on September 26, 2020. He was 71.
Giovanni was born on May 23, 1949 in Sommatino, Sicily to the late Salvatore and Vincenza (Citta) Lazzara.
Giovanni came to America in 1967 and met his loving wife in 1972. Together they were the definition of family. They created the home you wanted to hang out in, the food you wanted to eat and the love for laughter and celebration. They raised their children to have this same love for family and worked each and every day to live and strive for the American dream. Giovanni began his career as a Chef and spent many years at the NYC Downtown Athletic Club (11 years) and the Colony Club (18 years). He then found a love for the craft of woodworking and dove into contracting which he enjoyed for many years. Building a business based on a handshake and passion for perfection. Giovanni had a love for people. He was selfless and no matter who you were – if you knew Giovanni, you were loved. His smile lit up a room and his stories were so detailed, he would bring you back in time. Being with extended family and friends on a Sunday afternoon was his definition of love, success and pride.
Giovanni is survived by his loving and always giving wife the former Maria Luisa Furgiuele; his sons Giovanni Lazzara, Jr. and Daniel Lazzara; his daughter-in-law Hillari Lazzara; his grandsons whom he loved with all he had – Henry and Harrison Lazzara as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Michael Lazzara and his sisters Vincenza Pillitteri and Angela Santacroce.
Visiting hours will be Monday 4-8pm at Sisto & Paino Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks that you consider a donation to one of the following charities in Giovanni’s memory:
https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/
https://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/

Tina Louise Vaccaro

Tina Louise Vaccaro, a resident of Poughkeepsie, passed away on September 20, 2020. She was 54 years old. Tina was born on April 5, 1966, in New Rochelle to the late Adolfo and Josephine Vaccaro. She graduated from Mercy College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She had a beautiful sense of humor, loved holidays with family, and had a passion for cooking and helping animals.
She is survived by her fiancé, Matthew Russell, siblings, Deborah, Alan (Mary), Elaine, and Denise Tobin, nephews Sean Meyer (Kristin) and Billy Tobin, and great-nieces Samantha Meyer and Saby Tobin. She will be missed by all.
A private memorial will be scheduled for a later date.

Ann MacEachern O’Brien

Ann MacEachern O’Brien

Ann MacEachern O’Brien, 94, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on September 21, 2020. Ann was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 4, 1926 to Nora Sullivan and Frank D. MacEachern. Ann graduated from the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y. in 1943. She earned her B.S. degree from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in 1947 and her M.S. degree from Fordham University in 1954.
Ann married John Emmett O’Brien in 1953. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her sisters, Mary (MacEachern) Maloney and Jean (MacEachern) O’Friel. She is survived by her eight children – Catherine (Dennis) Tezber, of New Port Richey, FL, Elizabeth Hamel, of South Salem, NY, Eugene (Shelley) of Billerica, MA, Patricia of Durham, NH, Emmett (Carolyn) of Billerica, MA, Jean, of Katonah, NY, Vincent (Carrie) of Valley Village, CA and Tom (Michelle) of Needham, MA. Ann is survived by her twenty grandchildren John, Chris, Ryan, Sara, Chris, John Emmett, Rebecca, Daniel, Steven, Sven, Michaela, Liam, Robert, Trevor, Meghan, Molly, Tara, Kate, Maggie and Ann and nine great grandchildren – Sophia, Charlotte, William, Beckham, Tyler, Parker, Mac, Riya and Brien and several nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who instilled in all the value of family and our Irish heritage. For the last 35 years Ann served as Founder, Matriarch, and Master of Ceremonies for the O’Brien O’lympics, an annual event held July 4th for her family and friends to gather for competition and the joy of each other’s company. The time spent surrounded by those she loved – both official and honorary O’Briens – was the highlight of her year.
She was employed as a teacher and worked in the insurance industry before leaving to raise her children. Later she worked as an editor at Harris Publishing. After retiring from Harris Publishing, she volunteered at Northern Westchester Hospital for thirty years. She loved her time there and the staff became a second family to her. In 2009, she was named Volunteer of the Year and received The Mary B. Robbins Beacon of Light Award for her giving spirit and dedicated service to the hospital.
Ann was a lifelong member of Orienta Beach Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y. and was a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at Saints John and Mary Church, Chappaqua, N.Y. Aside from doting on her grandchildren and great grandchildren she enjoyed reading, watching football and was an avid Notre Dame Football fan. Go Irish!
Visiting hours will be Friday 3-7pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Place New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday morning, 9:30am at The Church of St John and St. Mary, 15 St. Johns Pl., Chappaqua, NY 10514. Interment will follow at Holy Mount Cemetery, Eastchester, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Care of Westchester & Putnam (www.vnahv.org).

Nilda Martinez Inclan

Nilda Martinez Inclan

Visiting Monday 4-8pm
service 7pm in chapel
Interment Tuesday Greenwood union cemetery 10:45am

Bennardina Preiato

Bennardina Preiato

Bennardina Maria Preiato born in Nardo di Pace, Italy on July 29, 1923 to Stella and Salvatore Monteleone left for Heaven on September 18, 2020 to rejoin her predeceased husband, Raffael. Her four siblings, Christina Maiola, Ascensina Lagrotteria, Rocco Monteleone and Maria Rosa Chiaera, also predecease Bennardina.

Bennardina is survived by her five children; Vincent married to Brenda, Salvatore married to Cristine, Mary Coniglio married to Joseph, Cosmo married to Eileen and Donna Tookmanian married to David. Bennardina also had 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Bennardina and her four youngest children ages 9 to 2, arrived in NY from Italy in February 1959 via the Italian Steamship Christoforo Colombo, sister ship to the Andrea Doria. She
joined her husband, Rafael and their oldest son Vincent, who arrived in NY in June of 1956.

Bennardina was a lifelong resident of New Rochelle and a devoted parishioner of Blessed Sacrament church. She worked as a dress maker in west New Rochelle for 20 years and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union.

Bennardina will forever be remembered as a loving, generous wife, mother and Nanni who always had hugs, delicious food and beautiful roses for her loving family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Calvary Hospital Homecare, Eastchester Road, Bronx NY 10461 – Calvary Fund in Memory of Bennardina Preiato or online at

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Mary C. Civitano

Mary C. Civitano

Mary C. Civitano, a resident of Delray Beach, FL and formerly of New Rochelle, died on September 16, 2020. She was 93.
Mary was born on January 12, 1927 in Warren, PA to Louis and Genevieve (Kerr) Mathis. She graduated from New Rochelle Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 and worked as a registered nurse. She married her beloved husband, Joseph Civitano, Sr. in 1948. Joseph and Mary retired to Delray Beach in 1982.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Donna Finegan, Joseph Civitano Jr, Thomas Civitano and Mary Anne Dalton; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; pre-deceased by her brother Robert Mathis.
Mary was an active volunteer in her children’s activities while they were growing up and continued her volunteer work when she moved to Florida. She’s as a member of the Delray Beach Elks and served as president of the Delray Beach Elkettes. She was an avid golfer and played into her late 80’s.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:45am at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Private disposition to follow.

Franca Enea

Franca Enea

Franca Enea, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on September 15, 2020. She was 51.
Franca was born on August 25, 1969 in New Rochelle to Angelina (Carino) Caltabellotta and the late Antonio Caltabellotta.
In addition to her mother Angelina, Franca is survived by her husband Pietro, whom she married in June of 1990; her sons Vincenzo (Melissa), Antonio, Cristian and Pietro, Jr.; granddaughter Annabella; sister Giuseppina (brother-in-law Giacomo) Battaglia; nephew Salvatore and niece Angelina.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 10am at St. Joseph’s Church. Entombment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery.

Filippo Di Zenzo

Filippo Di Zenzo

Filippo Di Zenzo, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on September 11, 2020. He was 87 years old. Filippo was born on June 6, 1933 in Serino, Avellino, Italy to the late Filippo and Elvira Di Zenzo. He was a machinist at Flynn Burner Corp. He loved celebrating holidays and singing happy birthday to his grandchildren. He spent his time gardening and loved hunting.

He is survived by his loving wife Yolanda (Manzo) whom he married on February 5, 1961, and children Adolpho Di Zenzo (Carrie), Edmonte Di Zenzo (Dora), Gina Estatico (Michael), Antoinette Munchoff (John). He was the devoted grandfather to Adam, Ashley, Danielle, Jessica, Julianna, Matthew, Mark, Thomas, and Amanda. Great-grandfather to Owen and Emma. He is survived by his siblings Edmonte Di Zenzo, Benito Di Zenzo, Giuseppe Di Zenzo, Angela D’Abruzzo, Letizia Massaregli, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by Letizia Di Zenzo, Adolpho Di Zenzo, Vicenza Pisacreta, and Giovanni Di Zenzo. He will be missed by all.

Visiting hours will be Monday 2-4 and 7-9 at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc. 16 Shea Place New Rochelle. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rye Brook.

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