Maryalice Borsella

  • Born: January 27, 1933
  • Died: March 24, 2021
  • Location: Pelham, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Maryalice Borsella, a resident of Pelham for 62 years, passed away peacefully with all five children by her side on March 24, 2021. Maryalice was born in Mt. Vernon on January 27, 1933 to the late David and Mary (Woolbright) Bross. After raising her family, she worked at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY. She also led many fundraising events for Salesian, St. Catherine's in Pelham and Nazareth Nursery in New York City.

Maryalice was predeceased by her husband Ralph of 62 years, her granddaughter, Julianne and her six sisters and one brother. Ralph was the love of her life and together they made a generous and inseparable team. She is survived by her children Roberta (Les) Farnum of Charlotte, NC, Ralph Jr. (Marguerite) of New Rochelle, Victor (Alice) of Cortlandt Manor, Anthony (Maureen) of Pelham and Donna Juliano of Pelham. She will be missed by her loving grandchildren Sara, Chris, Kelly, Jason, Anthony, Kristen, Justin, David and Evan and great grandsons Ralph and Casey.

Maryalice will be remembered for cooking large batches of delicious soups and memorable holiday meals and for opening her home to family and friends. Together with her husband they provided those they loved with a place to live for days, months or years and gave a loving home to three foster children. Maryalice and Ralph were at their happiest when they hosted large gatherings of family and friends, especially at their weekend house at Lake Copake, NY.

At Maryalice's request her viewing will be private. All are welcome to attend her Memorial Mass which will be celebrated on her anniversary at St Catharines Church in Pelham on APRIL 24TH at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers donation may be made in Maryalice's name to the Veterans Association of America. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

One of a kind. Mrs. B. was one of the most spirited and generous people I have ever known. She was like a second mother and was a dear, dear friend; brutally honest and unconditionally supportive. I treasure my memories of sitting round the kitchen table with Roberta and friends, laughing at Mary Alice's and Ralph's stories, and eating, and eating. She was one of my favorite people, and I will miss her. She was a beautiful soul who made this world a better place for many people. My deepest condolences to all her loved ones.

Posted by Jim Bisignano - Scituate, MA - Family Friend   April 20, 2021

When viewing the beautifully written tribute to Maryalice, so many special memories come to heart.For years our daily walks around Memorial Field and treats to walking the beaches on the weekends where we shared snipers of family adventures. Maryalice was self taught. But whatever she touched was to perfection.The fund raisers of the dynamic duo of Ralph and. Maryalice for St.Catharines,Salesian and Nazareth Nursery went above and beyond and a tribute to this quietly generous couple! Our European trip to visit my sister in France and the Ralph Borsellas of Italy stand out in my memory. Our Copake Lake homes and our partnership in Grannies Goodies Antique Shoppe share in the memories. Both Ralph and Maryalice are treasured flowers in my garden of life and are now preciously reunited. Ralph,Roberta,Victor,Anthony ,Donna and the wonderful Family,
may God bless you and carry on the Borsella specialness!

Posted by Barbara Ann Webster - Whiting, NJ - friend   April 20, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Borsella family. Rest in eternal peace.
John and Mariann Renna

Posted by Mariann Renna - Cortlandt Manir, NY - Family Friend   March 30, 2021


Rest in peace MaryAlice. Say "Hi to Ralph and Fr. John G. My deepest sympathies and prayers to all her family and friends.

Posted by Dot Miceli - Middletown, NY - Friend   March 29, 2021

To the Borsella Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our sincerest condolences go out to all of you. Maryalice was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Posted by John and Marion Hodges - Yorktown, NY - Family Friend   March 29, 2021

Mrs. Borsella you were/are a kind and generous person. You will be greatly missed by all. We take comfort in knowing that you are united once again with Mr Borsella. Together again in the presence of out lord. Love, Pete and Jen Camardella

Posted by Pete Camardella - Pelham, NY - Friend   March 26, 2021

our deepest sympathies to all of your family . May your mom rest in peace.
sincerly ,john and gloria maloney carmel ny

Posted by john maloney - carmel, NY - Friend   March 26, 2021

Mary Alice was such a kind and gracious hostess. She generously entertained me of my first visit to NYC. I was so surprised when, on arrival attheir home in Pelham, there was a spread of food that could have easily fed 20! At one point during this visit, she mentioned gravy for pasta....and being a Southern boy, I thought she was proposing sausage gravy for pasta....on another occasion, she and and Ralph came to dinner at my house in Tennessee..I prepared a southern dinner including cornbread...Maryalice wanted the cornbread recipe so I shipped her some Martha White Cornmeal to Pelham. Several months later, she called me and said you should have told me about keeping the cornmeal in the refrigerator so I would not have gotten bugs in my pantry. She had to throw out everything in her pantry! Maryalice was a sweet, generous, and gracious hostess. She will be missed. RIP

Posted by Guy Williams Williams - Dallas, TX - Friend   March 26, 2021

Our deepest sympathies go out to you all.
May she rest in peace

Posted by Frank Florindi - White Plains, NY - Friend   March 26, 2021

Very sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Borsella. My sincere condolences to Anthony, his family, and all reletives.

Posted by Anthony Quatroni - NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Friend   March 25, 2021

Dear Maryalice (though I always called you Mrs. B.),
I remember so fondly how you welcomed me into your kitchen when you first moved to Linden Avenue. You continued to spread out that welcome mat for so many years. Sharing stories, giving helpful advice, and giving delicious Easter bread and Pizza Rustica offerings - those are just a few of the wonderful memories that came to me when I discovered your passing. Having you as a neighbor and friend was some of my best experiences while I was in Pelham. Even when I was caretaking for my mom long after I had moved, you would invite me over whenever you saw me. Sometimes, I would look at the clock and realize that I had been there for a few hours - that is how much I enjoyed being in your company. The last time I saw you was the morning of the closing sale of my mother's home on Linden Avenue a couple of years ago. I was noticeably tearful as I glanced at my mom's house for one last time. You came out onto your deck and reached out your arms as if to embrace and comfort me. That warm memory alone defines how I will mostly remember you.

Posted by Brian Callahan - Patterson, NY - Family Friend   March 25, 2021

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