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Marie Sofia D'Onofrio

Marie Sofia D'Onofrio

Saturday, March 11th, 1933 Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

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Marie Sofia D'Onofrio passed away on July 14, 2020. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 9 AM to 11 AM. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:15 AM. Entombment will follow at Saint Raymond's Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Sisto Funeral Home, Inc.
    3489 East Tremont Avenue
    BRONX, NY
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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 11:15am
    Sisto Funeral Home, Inc.
    3489 East Tremont Avenue
    BRONX, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
    11:15am

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ABBY EMERIC

Wishing you peace, comfort and hope in the midst of your sorrow. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. May her soul test in peace.
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Jack Sibrizzi

May the light of God shine forever in your memory! Condolences from Jack and Graciela Sibrizzi
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Frank D'Onofrio

Yesterday at 2:58 pm, July 14, 2020, my brother Joe, sister Valerie, and I said our final goodbyes to our beautiful mother. She died peacefully, in the manner she chose. Most of us do not get to call the shots and choose the way we get to go nor the circumstances – Sometimes it is too late for people to say the things they want to say. But I believe that my mother was a good enough person that God granted her this request.
She left us yesterday on her terms. God took her without long-suffering, and in peace surrounded by her children – just the way she hoped and wanted. All of us, her Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren, said goodbye.
She loved all of us. She left behind a legacy of love. Anyone that knew Marie knows that her children and grandchildren were the most precious prizes in her life.
She taught all of us about that kind of love. This is a long tribute. But it is my mother. So you can understand my indulgence.

I sat with my mother two weeks ago, and I had completion conversation about our relationship. I told her I loved her, that she was a good mom –I told her that I know she did things because she loved us. I told her that I was not always the best son – she laughed and said, “You got that right!” She looked at me and said, “Frankie, I will always love you.” Then she said I would always be her “special” son, which always pissed me off when she said it. But now I will miss it. We laughed a few times that night before I left, I didn’t know it would be the last dialogue we would have together. I showed her videos of me singing. I know she was proud of the man that I have become.

We laughed a lot, growing up in my home. We laughed, cried, and we yelled at each other – unfortunately, its how she taught me to communicate. That is what you get for being a passionate Italian. 100% honesty and passion. In our home, we never held anything back. When she was mad – she would call me by my full name “Francis. Roland D’Onofrio”, so much so that I use that as a joke when people call me Francis. It is true, though. Now the only person left that could do that with the same effect is my wife – Irene. (She has been doing that for all of our 20 years together).

She taught us all how to love deeply. To the day she died, she loved her husband Roland and mourned his death for over 30 years. He was her ONLY LOVE. Sometimes she would talk to him as if he were in the room with us. I know we all wanted that kind of love.

In the end, - she said that she was ready. She wanted to go home and be with her husband. She felt she lived a full enough life. She didn’t want to fight it, and just linger. She didn’t want to live her last days clinging to something. I know that it took guts to say that. It also took guts for us to let her go. It also took someone who was at peace with themselves and with God. – Anyone who knew Maria Sofia Cibelli D’Onofrio knew – that she had guts. That was my mom!

I know that she is going to sit with Jesus and bask in his eternal love. Mom was a good person. After making her final peace and accounting with God, she is also going to move on to be with my dad forever, then my Grandma, Grandpa. Eventually, she will be around the ones she loved and missed so much. Aunt Millie, Uncle Phillie, ( I wonder if there is a wall to bang on in heaven?) Aunt Vera, Uncle Tommy, Aunt Gracie, Uncle John, Aunt Sadie, and Uncle Dominick, Aunt Louise Zio Tony, Zia Anges, ger grandma, and my “Nanny”– the whole clan is there with friends, along with my Father-in-Law Angelo. (If I missed people, I am sorry).

Heaven is a great place, and the rooms are grand, just as Jesus said, I know he prepared one for her. But, I guarantee the first thing on the agenda is the party going on up there for her arrival. I bet it is magnificent, and the welcoming celebration must be a grand one.

Marie taught her children by example, what true love was. We saw how she loved our dad, and how she loved him. She took care of him, and I will never forget how much she loved him. It was special, and the kind of love I wanted to find. The special love and dedication that I know I have with Irene. I know my siblings found it too. MY wife is the center of my life, the same as my dad was the center of hers. Amazing when you have that, you can then share it with the rest of the clan. She always put the children and grandchildren first – even before herself – Just like her mother Matilda did. It became her serving nature. One that all of us have in our hearts.

I have the same qualities with my children and grandchildren that she had with our children and with us. Sometimes all of us would crack at how our parents were with our children and say – “those are not our parents!”- (I know my kids and my siblings say that). But after having a dozen grandchildren, I realized why and how that is so possible. My mom and dad were great examples of what a pop-pop and grandma were. So much so, that I could not wait to be one. Watching my daughter and son at the end, say goodbye to her was heartbreaking. But, I realized the love she had for them was immeasurable.

Every moment she spent with them was a precious memory that would last a lifetime. They knew she loved them, and they could carry that love on to their kids. That is how my parents are immortalized- through that special love.

Two groups kept my Mother in NYC. The Senior Citizens Center, and the St. Frances de Chantal Prayer group. That is why she never went to New Jersey or anywhere else. She said they allowed her to be herself.

At the Senior Center, she was “Sofia”. She loved to play cards, and she was there every day. She never wanted to be anywhere else during the week. She dreaded the weekends. Because that meant she would be alone. She would play cards there - “Kolookie” - with her friends. She would go daily and brag about her children and grandchildren all of the time. Occasionally, when I came to NYC, I would pick her up from there, and someone would always say as she introduced me to her friends – “OH THIS IS FRANKIE – You know your mother said… “

To the kitchen staff, my mom would love to help you. My mom couldn’t cook, but she loved to serve, which is why she assisted in the kitchen. It made her feel special to help serve people. The kitchen crew – you guys made my mom feel very special, and I know she loved you guys. She would say – I eat really well, and they take care of me. She had so many friends there,

Lastly, the St. Frances de Chantal Prayer Group. My mom was always spiritual, but she started there around the time my brother got married over 40 years ago. I believe Mary Moussot introduced her to that. It helped my mom get through many losses and tribulations – even some loneliness. Becoming a very special place for my mother. Mostly it helped her through the loss of her dad, then her husband and mother. It also helped her through the loss of her “sisters” Vera, Millie, and Louisa and Sadie. Mom became great when she spoke with God.

Mom would go there every week and would pray for my siblings and then pray for me too. When I moved to Denver CO. 40 years ago, mom Prayed it wouldn’t snow. Did you know those two years, Denver got the worst drought in their History? I knew she had a special line with the big guy up there. Whenever I needed help or guidance, I would ask her to take my prayer to the prayer group. I know that the prayer group grounded her.

So she got to stay in NYC, and my old neighborhood will never be the same anymore. There Is no one there that is special any longer. It will never be home again, now that my mom is no longer there. There will never be another Collis Place, the small town in the Big Apple. The only street in the city that is just 1 Block long.

I am comforted by the Bible when Jesus heard of Lazarus’ death. The bible says, “Jesus Wept.” Even the Son of God mourned the loss of a soul that was departed. The worst part of life is having to say goodbye to those you love the most; even Jesus felt that.

Jesus took my mother, and she is with heavenly father at the moment. I know she is there by his side at this moment

Goodbye, mommy. I am crying at the fact that I will not be able to see you again, until I meet you in heaven.

I am very sad at the moment. Sadder than I have been in a very long time. But I can be happy that you are in peace and at rest, and waiting until we could be together again. Thank you for showing me the way.

I love you,

Your Son Frankie
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