Marie "Dolly" Letizia

  • Born: April 29, 1931
  • Died: March 30, 2021
  • Location: Pelham, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marie Letizia (née Ciriello), fondly known as "Dolly" by those closest to her, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 30, 2021. Born in the Bronx, NY on April 29, 1931, she lived a long life surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly. Marie married her husband John on October 11, 1959. They moved to Pelham in 1967 where they raised three children and were later blessed with six grandchildren. Marie was a resident of Pelham and a parishioner of St. Catharine's Church for 54 years. She held numerous jobs, including many years as a Clerk at the DeCicco lottery counter.

Marie was predeceased by her parents, Pasquale and Elena (Martone) Ciriello, three brothers, Gennaro Ciriello and his wife Ann, Daniello Ciriello, Adolfo Ciriello, nephew Daniel Ciriello Jr., and niece Elena Ciriello. She is survived by her loving husband John, to whom she was married for 61 years; her brother Agostino and his wife Michelina; her children: Marie and her husband Bill Ivers, John Jr., Robert and his wife Silvana; her beloved grandchildren: Robert and his wife Amanda, Billy, Danielle and her husband Joe Piscal, Elena, Andrew, Giovanni; and her many nieces and nephews.

Known for her authenticity and wit, Marie was never afraid to "tell it like it is." Even in her final days, her raw honesty kept the family laughing. She loved card games, scratch-off lottery tickets, and Law & Order SVU. She lived for her family and especially her grandchildren, attending every concert, game, and life event she could. Every family gathering revolved around Marie's cooking, for which she was also known. She began cooking Sunday dinner for her family at age 10 - a tradition that carried on for the rest of her life. Her memory will live in the hearts of those who loved her, and through her lasagna recipe, which she passed down to her grandchildren.

A celebration of Marie's life will be held on the date of her 90th birthday, April 29, 2021, from 9AM-11AM at the Pelham Funeral Home.
A mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Catharine's Church at 11AM on April 29, 2021. Inurnment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP to the best grandma in the world. We miss you more each day.

Posted by Danielle Piscal - Grandchild   April 03, 2021

My Deepest Sympathy John, and all of your beautiful Family,My Heart is Broken in the loss of your beautiful Dolly..Great mother grandmother she was loved by all. We where so Blessed to have Dolly in our life..Her memories will live on forever.R.I.P. Always in our heart and prayers.. Angela Letizia

Posted by Angela Letizia - Florida, FL - Family Friend   April 03, 2021

My Condolences to The Letizia Family.Rest In Peace Mrs. Letizia and continue to watch over your family.

Posted by Diana Rowland - New Rochelle, NY - Friend   April 03, 2021


My deepest condolences to John and family.
There are not too many Dolly's around. She was always very pleasant when ever we would meet and talk about the happenings around Town.
Dolly, rest in peace.

Posted by John R Cassone - Pelham, NY - Friend   April 02, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of Marie. She was a wonderful sweet person.

Posted by Todd Zuzulo - Pelham, NY - Neighbor   April 02, 2021

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