Assunta "Sunny" Carballeira

23 agosto , 192520 enero , 2019
 Obituario de Assunta "Sunny" Carballeira


Frederick Funeral Home

Beloved wife of the late Manuel. Loving mother Catherine Carballeira, Joseph (Katie) Carballeira, Andrew (Margaret) Carballeira and Lita Carballeira. Cherished grandmother of Andrew, James, Brooke, Christopher, Matthew, Rose, William, Joseph and Caroline. Adored great grandmother of Keelin, Nora, Eden and Harry. Dear sister of the late Ralph Rockicioli. The family of Assunta will be receiving visitors at the Frederick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Blvd., Flushing NY 11358 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 10:45am St. Andrew Avellino RC Church, 35-60 158th Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Interment to follow Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, 172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Carballeira family. Assunta “Sunny Raye” Carballeira, Pianist who had First Daytime Television Show, dies at 93 Assunta “Sunny” Carballeira was born in Astoria to Italian parents on August 23, 1925. While Sunny was attending the High School of Music and Art, she sang in the Phil Spitalny Orchestra, the first “all girl traveling band.” She was a co-host of several radio shows on WOR and had the first daytime television show on CBS TV, which featured her interviewing artists and musicians and accompanying them on the piano. She graduated from Finch College at this time as well. Sunny could be heard frequently at the Café Pierre and the Hotel New Yorker, bringing “symphonic classical piano playing to bear on the greatest melodies of our time.” It was at the Café Pierre where she met her husband, a prominent Manhattan physician. They were married for 52 years, had four children, and shared a deep love of music and the arts. He was a house doctor at the Metropolitan Opera and personal physician to many musicians, singers and artists that Sunny befriended. She played piano and sang in her own TV series and was recorded on the Everest label and also on several CDs. Sunny volunteered with Mayor Koch to create programs for children in the NYC public schools to develop awareness and pride in their Spanish heritage called the “sister cities” project together with the mayor of Madrid, holding many events in NYC and Spain. She devoted herself to preserving piano music and old recordings by planning and promoting the International Piano Library’s benefit in NYC where 8 pianists, including Victor Borge, Guiomar Novaes, Claudio Arrau, Fernando Valenti and Alicia de Larrocha appeared on stage together playing Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise. For her efforts, Sunny was awarded the prestigious “Lazo de Dama” medal by Queen Sofia of Spain for fostering Spanish culture. Sunny was a member of the Board of Directors of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, as well as a Board Member of the Amati at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a group which works to collect and preserve unique classical instruments. She also promoted Master Classes with Andres Segovia at the Met, bringing together prominent young guitarists with the maestro in a teaching format in a unique acoustical setting at the Met. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunny's alma mater, the High School of Music and Art, now LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Please see below for details: Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia 100 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 853 New York, NY 10023 Attn: Zoe Schneider OR, Donate online at Please write "In Memory of Assunta Carballeira" in the memo line.

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