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9620 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: (718) 238-3600
Fax: (718) 238-4048
Theresa Rocanelli

Theresa Rocanelli (Mormando)

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 - Sunday, May 5th, 2019
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Theresa Rocanelli, Brooklyn, New York -
Theresa (“Terry”) Rocanelli passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 5, 2019, the day after her 86th
birthday. Terry’s passing was exactly as she wished; she died as she lived, on her own terms and in the presence
of loving family. We are thankful for the wonderful caregivers who made it possible for Terry to stay in her
home and especially for Dotty - no one could ask for a better friend or a more loving sister.
Terry was a life-long resident of Brooklyn, and she embodied Brooklyn's spirit in her zest and fierce
determination. No one worked harder than Terry, rising before the sun and doing a full day’s work before most
people even had their first cup of coffee. Terry was gracious and never needed to prove she was the smartest
and most capable person in the room. However, if you knew her well, you knew her vast intelligence and quiet
competence.
Terry relished her long love affair with Lou, to whom she was devoted since she was 15 years old, and whom
she missed every day since he died in December 2013 after almost 60 years of marriage. Terry and Lou were
inseparable; they were a team. It was Terry who managed the household money and who made sure Lou always
had a stack of bills in his pocket so he could tip generously on his way in to every excellent restaurant in
Brooklyn and Manhattan, with Terry smiling and laughing at his side. Eating out was fine by her, but it was in
her own kitchen that Terry really shined. Terry taught everyone how to cook, and showed us all that you can
always feed more people just by adding an extra pound of pasta to the pot. If you were within the inner circle,
your freezer was stocked with Terry’s renowned “pucks” of her delicious meat gravy. We will all miss Terry’s
famous meatballs!
After a career in real estate sales, matching hundreds of families to Bay Ridge homes with Maguire Real Estate,
Terry and Lou embarked on the adventure of a lifetime at the iconic Embers Restaurant. Brooklynites (and
even some from Manhattan!) lined up to savor the fabulous T-Bone steak with Terry’s own creamy potato pie
for 26 years. Although it may have appeared to customers that Lou was in charge, the entire staff and every
purveyor knew that it was Terry who called the shots, balanced the books, paid the bills, and kept the lights
on.
Terry was a devoted mother and the very best role model of a strong and independent woman. Terry was a
woman ahead of her time, and she insisted that her daughters, Linda and Andrea, always be able to support
themselves. Terry delighted in her three granddaughters, Olivia, Elena and Simone, who embody Terry’s
tremendous passion for life and her ability to be both strong-minded and soft-hearted. She loved her sons-inlaw, Frank and Todd, as her own sons.
Terry’s heart broke when her son Freddy died far too young and tragically. Terry was saddened by the death
of her sister Carole with whom she had spoken every day. Recently, Terry was devastated by the death of her
nephew Anthony DiCarlo, who loved his Aunt Terry and stopped by the house to help or just to say hello and
make her laugh. We take comfort in knowing that Terry’s arrival on the other side was celebrated by those she
loved so well.
Terry is survived by her daughter Linda Rocanelli and her husband Frank Falcone, Jr. of Mountain Top, PA;
her daughter Andrea Rocanelli and her husband Todd Veale of Wilmington, DE; her three granddaughters,
Olivia, Elena and Simone Veale; her very best friend and devoted sister Dorothy Simone; as well as many
nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at McLaughlin & Sons, 9620 Third Avenue, Brooklyn on Friday, May 10 from 5pm-9pm. A
mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Anselm Church, 356 82nd Street at 9:45am on Saturday, May
11, with burial at Green-Wood Cemetery after the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor
of Terry’s life and spirit to Susan G. Komen or Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    Address
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Theresa’s life and spirit to Susan G. Komen or Combined Campaign for Justice (details to follow)
  • Service

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 9:45am
    When
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 9:45am
    Location
    St. Anselm Church
    Address
    356 82nd Street
    Brooklyn, New York, NY 11209
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    THERESA ROCANELLI May 4, 1933-May 5, 2019 Friday, May 10 5pm-9pm Chapel/visiting hours at McLaughlin and Sons, located at 9620 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 Saturday, May 11 9:45am Mass of Christian burial at St. Anselm Church, located at 356 - 82d Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209 After the funeral mass, Linda & Andrea invite family and friends to join us at the Green-Wood Cemetery located at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232. Following the burial, a memorial luncheon will take place at Chadwick’s Restaurant, located at 8822 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Theresa’s life and spirit to Susan G. Komen or Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice. Susan G. Komen (meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer) 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 526 Dallas, TX 75244 877-465-6636 option #4 www.komen.org Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice (provide operating support for Delaware’s three civil legal aid organizations to provide free legal services to Delaware’s most vulnerable residents) P.O. Box 2113 Wilmington, DE 19899 https://delawareccj.org/donate/
  • Interment

    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleums
    Address
    500 25th Street
    BROOKLYN, NY 11232
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Theresa & Greg Winski

Posted at 04:56pm
So very sad to learn of Terri's passing. We have wonderful memories of her & Louie from Embers, as well as being invited to their private club in Little Italy. May you rest in peace. Our hearts go out to your daughters and grandchildren. 💔
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Anthony Lotito

Posted at 02:07pm
Terri will always be very special to me. My father Tony shared a special bond with Lou and Terri, and so did I. Terri always included me in all of her family events and made all of us feel at home. She was gracious, open hearted, generous beautiful and welcoming. I will miss her greatly. To all of her family I send my deepest condolences and want them to know her memories will last forever. Keep them locked in your heart, never let them go.

I will always think of her with fondness and I am better for having had her in my life!
Rest in Peace-
Tony Lotito Jr.
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The Lotito Family

Posted at 01:43pm
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Marcia

Posted at 08:23am
I am very sorry to hear of the family's loss. My deepest condolences goes out to you. During this difficult time I hope your precious memories bring you great comfort as well as God's promises for the future. Revelation 21:4
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