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Obituary of Pietro Cordani
April 30, 1930 - August 4, 2018
Pietro Cordani passed away on Saturday morning, August 4, 2018 at his home. He was 88 years old. Pietro was born in Varsi, Italy. He was the son of the late Luigi & Maria Busani Cordano.
He worked as a Mason for Local 7 in New York City. He enjoyed woodcarving.
Pietro, loving father to son Henry and father in law to Dominque Cordani, adorable and handsome husband to Elina, step father to Lisa Tonelli-Devenuto & husband Anthony of Cold Spring, Bill Tonelli and companion Anna Psomas of Ossining, Dino & wife Maria Tonelli of Milton and daughter in law June Tonelli, grandchildren; David Brown, William Tonelli III, Angelina Tonelli, Joseph Tonelli, Anthony & Marisa Tonelli and 2 great grandchildren; McKayla & Sophia. An angel that came home here with us to help care for Pietro, Mary Johnson of Florida, 4 sister in laws; Santina, Madalena, Mariarosa & Madalena,
61 nieces, nephews and cousins in Italy and 20 nieces & nephews here in America.
Predeceased by grandson Dino Tonelli, 3 brothers and 5 sisters in Italy.
My Piero was a good, kind, and caring human being. When God created him he put all good ingredients into his making. Piero loved his family and was one of the best friends a person could have. He was always afraid of offending or be imposing on people...to a fault. Everyone who knew him loved and respected him.
Piero was born in 1930,in a small Hamlet called I Busani, in Varsi Italy, Provincia di Parma . He was the eight of nine children..He had three brothers and five sisters. He grew up during World War II . Piero was very tall for his age and on several occasions he had some close calls with the German soldiers thinking he was an adult. Once he had to hide in the river Ceno
We spent many evenings together, with him telling me fascinating stories of his life during and after the war .He was 15 years old when the war ended and shortly after he went to Milano, which had been razed to the ground, and worked as a mason to reconstruct it. Many nights Piero had to sleep under the stars because there was no refuge.
In 1958 Piero came to America where his wife and 16 month old son were awaiting him. He spent the next 35 years building the skyscrapers of New York.
Piero fiercely loved his son Henry and carefully guided him to grow into a good and caring person....and he succeeded. He was always proud of the man Henry became,, he was proud of Henry's accomplishments and achievements and Henry did not disappoint his dad He became an electrical engineer and has worked in Australia for the last 30 years.
When I reconnected with Piero in 1984, after the loss of his wife Raimonda, I thought I died and went to heaven. I fell deeply in love with him and he became the center of my life.
We married on St. Joseph Day, March 19, 1988, exactly 30 years to the day of his arrival in America. He became my joy, my lover, my everything.
My children and grandchildren adore him. And he loved them.
He was diagnosed with Parkinsons about 15 years ago, but up until three years ago, we still were able to do just about anything... and we did.. Then things became more and more difficult for him to do as his walking became more laborious He could no longer do physical work and that was his passion..Parkinsons robbed him of that but never robbed him of his will to keep trying.
Woodcarving was his love and he became an incredible artist. You can see his masterpieces on our website elinaartfromtheheart.com
I m so proud of my honey , there was nothing he could not do. Now he is my angel in heaven
My dad was a person that that valued love, respect, honor, work ethic and other qualities that make us individuals high character.
Dad was always willing to lend a helping hand and to patiently teach and nurture family and friends; trying to pass on knowledge in activities that he had undertaken. Except of course where to find the cavasa (Grifola mushrooms), but even then he was never good at keeping secrets.
Dad was always there for me. My childhood memories of fishing with dad at Pelham Bay and in the rivers of the Catskills, his love of dogs, going hunting with him, going to Freedomland, making Grappa and Salami, driving lessons when I was 14 at the Orchard Beach Parking Lot, and the list can go on are all etched in my memory.
Later in our lives my job took me half way around the world. It was very difficult for both of us but dad was always in my thoughts and I was lucky to be able to visit a few times a year and occasionally catch up together in Italy and when he and mum came to Australia. When I had left, I was pleased to know that I left him in the hands of a remarkable person, my stepmom Elina and her family. I knew that dad would be provided with the love and respect that he well deserved. My stepmoms undying love and caring had allowed dad to survive his Parkinson's in a state that is unwarranted for the number of years that he had been afflicted and she was there with him until the end. Words simply cannot express my gratitude to her and her family. A sincere note of thanks also needs to go to Mary, dads dedicated healthcare aide for the last few months. It takes a special person to provide the level of care, concern and love that Mary has provided. It was truly a privilege knowing her and her husband George and I wish them both the best for whatever the future brings them.
I can't say want happens to us once we pass on, what I do know is that as long as they live in our memories they are never really gone.
May a part of my dad remain in your memory for your lifetime.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 7th from 3pm-8pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday morning, August 8th at 10:30am at St. Mary's Church, 1209 Route 9W, Marlboro.
Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
Family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation,
Family wishes to acknowledge the incredible support of Kaplan Hospice, especially Nurse Diedra and others.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr. of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.
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