Maria (Tanzella) Palmieri

January 3, 1920 ~ June 14, 2020 (age 100)


AUBURN: PALMIERI, Maria R., 100; formerly of Clark Street, Auburn died Sunday, June
14, 2020 in Auburn Community Hospital. Maria was born in Casamassima, Bari, Italy.
She was the daughter of Michael and Anna Tanzella. She is the widow of Domenico
Palmieri who passed away in 2003.
Prior to her retirement 38 years ago, Mrs. Palmieri worked at the factory, General
Products Company. Mrs. Palmieri was an avid singer who sang through her entire shift
at work. Humorously, whenever she would stop, the other girls working would shout
for Maria to continue.
She was a communicant of St. Francis church where she was an active participant in
many ways, including their Sacred Heart Society. Maria and her husband were
extremely active in the Italo Club.
Maria was an outstanding cook and a pastry chef. Her dishes were famous throughout
Central New York where she never hesitated to share with a friends. She had a
beautiful organic garden where she proudly grew herbs, fruits and vegetables she
used to prepare her homemade dishes. When she was not delivering her delicious
anise cookies all over town, she made her own cheese and limoncello, a wonderful
aperitif loved by her contemporaries.
She loved playing cards, especially the game known as “31”. She was an avid
Syracuse basketball fan, who waited anxiously to watch the next game.
Mrs. Palmieri is survived by a son Michael and his wife Betty, and a daughter Ann Marie
and her husband Dale Crowley, all of Auburn and a son-in-law James Pepe and his wife
Susan, of Fredonia. She is survived by eight grandchildren: James, Christopher and
Matthew Pepe; Maria, Gabrielle and Michelle Palmieri as well as Danielle (Crowley)
Kellogg and Andrea (Crowley) Gavigan, she had 5 great grandchildren and many nieces
and nephews. Besides her husband Dominic, she was predeceased by daughter, Rose
Pepe, 1992.
Services for Maria will be held on Friday at 9:30 am in St. Francis Church.
Calling hours will be held in the Cheche Funeral Home, 1778 Clark Street, Auburn on
Thursday from 3 to 7 pm.
Entombment will be in St Joseph’s Mausoleum.
“Maria found life to be a beautiful thing, she loved everyone and her infectious
smile and caring ways demonstrated and defined her personality.”

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June 18, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cheche Funeral Home Inc.
1778 Clark Street Road
Auburn, NY 13021

Funeral Service
June 19, 2020

9:30 AM
St Francis Church

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