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Teresa Colabello

Teresa Colabello (Cirelli)

Thursday, May 3rd, 1928 - Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Teresa Colabello, age 92, of Hartsdale, NY, passed away on Thursday May 28, 2020 at Montefiore Moses Campus in the Bronx, New York. Teresa was born to her loving parents Normina and Bernardino Cirelli in their home on May 3, 1928 in Morcone, Italy. She spent her childhood years caring for her 3 younger siblings: Domenico, Franco, and Maria in Benevento, a nearby town, in order for them to attend school while their mother ran their family’s general store in Morcone.
Teresa married Luigi Colabello on October 22, 1955. Teresa and Luigi, in their 30’s made the decision to come with their young daughter, Elena to the United States to make a better life for their growing family. She was constantly striving to learn and adapt to support her family. Teresa enjoyed being outdoors and walking 3 miles a day even in her mid- 80’s. She loved to prepare delicious meals from scratch every day and took pleasure in creating feasts for birthdays and holidays for the entire extended family. She remained close with her sister and brothers in Italy and taught all of her children to speak Italian to instill a sense of pride in where they came from. She was passionate about being actively involved in her children, grandchildren, and great grandson’s life. One way in which she expressed her love toward her grandchildren was through cooking their favorite foods: lentil/ chicken soup, biscotti, pastina, the brown stuff, and banana cookies.
She is now joined with her husband of 55 years in Heaven. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ernesto; brother-in-law, Salvino Gramazio; and brothers, Domenico and Franco Cirelli. She is survived by her eldest daughter: Elena Di Falco and her husband Frank of Lockport, Illinois. Her son, Stephen Colabello and his wife Racheal of Armonk, New York and daughter, Marina Colella and her husband Charlie of White Plains, New York. Her younger sister Maria Gramazio of Benevento, Italy and numerous nieces and nephews. Her joy for her grandchildren: Ashley and Melissa Di Falco, Alexander and Sofia Colella, Marianna, Gabriella, and Christian Colabello was evident when her face would light up in a sweet smile. She cherished weekly phone conversations with her beloved great grandson: Lorenz Moore.
Our lives will continue to be positively influenced through the words of wisdom she has shared. Teresa Colabello will be forever alive in our hearts, memories, and stories we share! The family is thankful for all of the loving support they have received from relatives and friends as they grieve. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, funeral services are private. Her memorial visitation will be at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Ferncliff Cemetery Association 280-284 Secor Rd. Hartsdale, NY.

Reflections
Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma,
We have always lived in different states. However, we have remained so close because family was such a high priority to you. You flew all the way to Seattle to be present when both of your granddaughters were born and stayed long enough to be sure we would all be alright. We have the best memories of flying to New York and sharing our summers with you in the Bronx and driving to the condo in Florida. We would spend the whole day on the beach or by the pool and pack sandwiches and fruit to eat poolside. When you would come for a visit, you never came empty handed, we always received plenty of jarred tomatoes, oranges, and espresso. Every year on our birthday we would receive a call from you and Grandpa singing happy birthday to us even well into our 20’s. As we grew older we had more opportunities to have conversations about our family history, make recipes from scratch with secret family ingredients, and hear your wisdom about life. We will miss the conversations we shared each evening before bed asking about your Lorenzo, Lorenzo.
We will treasure all the beautiful moments we had with you. We were so blessed to have you with us for so long! You will continue to be alive in our hearts, through our memories, meals gathered around the table, and stories you shared!
I love you great grandma! Mwah! Love, Lorenz
Love,
The Di Falco’s
Elena, Frank, Ashley, and Melissa


To our Nonna, we love you and will always miss you! We will think of you and always miss your sweet smile; Pastina; long walks to the park; the chocolate pieces you always had for us when we visited; your wonderful meals, your comments about how we were taller than you every time we saw you; your aluminum foiled water bottles during our summer barbeques; watching Italian game shows on your television during our visits; Ella walking you to your car at night; and morning talks. You will always be in our hearts forever.
Love,
The Colabello’s
Stephen, Racheal, Marianna, Gabriella, Christian and Ella


We love you and are going to miss you so much! Some of our fondest memories of you are your beautiful smile and how your face would light up for your grandchildren and of course our dogs and cats. You always welcomed all of us with our favorite foods like the brown stuff (with secret ingredients), banana cookies, and chicken soup, to name a few. You showed your love through serving us some beautiful meals for sure.
We will cherish your good advice in life and will be sure to share your funny stories and recipes for generations to come.
Love,
The Colella’s
Marina, Charlie, Alexander, and Sofia

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC
262 DANNY THOMAS PL
MEMPHIS, TN 38105-3678
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
    Location
    Ferncliff Cemetery Association
    Address
    280-284 Secor Rd., 280-284 Secor Rd.
    HARTSDALE, NY 10530
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Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma,

We have always lived in different states. However, we have remained so close because family was such a high priority to you. You flew all the way to Seattle to be present when both of your granddaughters were born and stayed long enough to be sure we would all be alright. We have the best memories of flying to New York and sharing our summers with you in the Bronx and driving to the condo in Florida. We would spend the whole day on the beach or by the pool and pack sandwiches and fruit to eat poolside. When you would come for a visit, you never came empty handed, we always received plenty of jarred tomatoes, oranges, and espresso. Every year on our birthday we would receive a call from you and Grandpa singing happy birthday to us even well into our 20’s. As we grew older we had more opportunities to have conversations about our family history, make recipes from scratch with secret family ingredients, and hear your wisdom about life. We will miss the conversations we shared each evening before bed asking about your Lorenzo, Lorenzo.
We will treasure all the beautiful moments we had with you. We are so blessed to have you with us for so long! You will continue to be alive in our hearts, through our memories, meals gathered around the table, and stories you shared!

I love you great grandma! Mwah! Love, Lorenz
Love,
The Di Falco’s
Elena, Frank, Ashley, and Melissa
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