Martha Cordelli

Martha J. Cordelli

Wednesday, January 30th, 1935 - Monday, October 28th, 2019
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Martha J. LaCava Cordelli, of White Plains, NY, died October 28, 2019. She was 84. Martha was born January 30, 1935 in Sarandi del Yi, Uruguay to Luis and Maria Belen LaCava.

Martha was a wonderful, warm and devoted wife, aunt, sister and friend. Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, Martha fluently spoke five languages and traveled the world with her devoted husband Anthony. Martha was a foreign language teacher in the prestigious United Nations International School of New York. A lifelong avid reader and active learner, Martha was intelligent, well-educated and cosmopolitan. Family was very important to Martha and she never forgot a birthday and attended every family event. Martha was a devoted aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, each whom she treated as a very special person. Five years ago, Martha was tragically struck down with Guillain Barre Syndrome and had to learn how to talk and move again, which she did. Everyone admired her courage and positive attitude, despite six years in bed. To the very end Martha was fully engaged in current events and was rereading all her favorite books from throughout her years.

On July 28, 1974, Martha married her husband, Anthony Cordelli, in New York City. Besides her husband Anthony, Martha is survived by her two brothers; Ruben LaCava, and Francisco LaCava, and sister-in-law Maria Echenique.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York 10605
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  • Prayer Service

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 4:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York 10605
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Michel Davies

Posted at 06:03pm
Marta was my Spanish teacher at UNIS in the early 1970s and taught me, among other things, how to speak with an Uruguayan accent (and, more importantly, to appreciate the Spanish language and Latin American literature). In addition to being my teacher, when she first came to New York and before she married Tony, she shared an apartment with my mother Suzanne's best friend and UN colleague, Odette Ditta. My mother became good friends with Marta and I had the opportunity to know her and Tony outside of the school setting after I graduated and had a family of my own. She was a wonderful teacher and person, always full of enthusiasm, and I have never forgotten her. My deepest condolences to Tony and the rest of your family.

Michel Davies
Edgewater, New Jersey


Posted at 09:53am
Good bye, dear Martha...
Thank you so much for your warm and faithful friendship,  over so many years, that  this moment turns  almost not believable.
Thank you for being such a wonderful  teacher, both in Unis, where we met in 1975, and in life!May you rest in peace and happiness. You are already missed and will allways be in my heart. Cecilia Luvecce Rouvrais, Paris

Dear Tony, please accept my embrace with solidarity  and  the hope for consolation, peace, health  and  joy, that  I extend to  the Cordelli and the La Cava families with love.

La amistad es un río y un anillo. El río fluye a través del anillo. El anillo es una isla en el río.Dice el río: antes no hubo río, después sólo río. Antes y después: lo que borra la amistad.¿Lo borra? El río fluye y el anillo se forma. La amistad borra al tiempo y así nos libera.Es un río que, al fluir, inventa sus anillos. En la arena del río se borran nuestras huellas.En la arena buscamos al río: ¿dónde te has ido? Vivimos entre olvido y memoria: este instante es una isla combatida por el tiempo incesante

Octavio Paz

Monica Caveda

Posted at 07:51pm
My sincere condolences. Madame LaCava, as I knew her in high school during the early 80’s at UNIS, was a warm, engaging and animated teacher who I will never forget. I remember her smile, energy and enthusiasm. She has had a life-long lasting impression on me. All my best to you all in this difficult time. Monica Caveda, UNIS ‘85.

Mike Bartos

Posted at 06:25pm
Tony, Matt and Michael Cordelli and your entire family. Mary and I want to offer our sincere condolences. Martha was a warm and wonderful person. Very smart and delightful to talk to and her smile was the absolute best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Bartos

Andrew Genna

Posted at 02:55pm
Dear Tony,
My deepest condolences on the loss of Martha. I always remember her warm smile and kindness. You were an amazing couple, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Andy Genna from Bronx River Road

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