OBITUARY

Edward J DeCiutiis

January 6, 1943February 5, 2019
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Edward John DeCiutiis, 76, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of February 5, 2019, surrounded by family.

Ed was born in Queens, New York, on January 6, 1943, in his parents’ home. The only child of Edward and Catherine DeCiutiis, “Little Eddie” grew up alongside many beloved cousins who acted as his brothers and sisters.

Ed graduated as salutatorian of Archbishop Molloy High School, and served his country as an MP in the United States Army Reserve for 8 years. As a young man, he began to spend summers working for IBM cleaning typewriters; he would go on to move up the company’s ranks and ultimately retire as a branch manager in Austin, Texas, 32 years later.

He met the love of his life, Patricia Dunne, at age 14 among neighborhood friends. They were engaged in 1963, and married on May 8, 1965 at Our Lady of the Cenacle Parish. They started their family in Queens as their daughter, Christine, was born in 1966, followed by son Paul in 1968. The family moved to Levittown, New York, and lived there for seven years before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1976.

In Austin, Ed spent many happy years raising his kids and becoming “Poppy Eddie” to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his favorite days were spent boating with family on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

He loved cars — talking about them, fixing them, and driving them. He never stopped checking his family members’ tires, and was always ready to help if someone needed a battery swap or an oil change. Ever the handyman, he took great pride in caring for his home, and could always be found gardening, trimming trees, or working on projects in the garage.

Ed was notorious for his sweet tooth, and was spoiled by Pat’s excellent baking and cooking throughout his life. After dinner, he especially loved lingering around the table with family and friends over dessert and coffee.

Ed is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Pat; his daughter Christine and her husband Dan; his son Paul and his wife Kris; and grandchildren: Christopher and his wife Danielle; Vincent and his wife Hillary; Hannah Jane and her husband Will; Marissa, and Jack. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Jace and Stella.

Ed’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the staff at the Silverado Cedar Park Memory Care Community, who went above and beyond to ensure that Ed lived out his last days with comfort and dignity.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Edward J. DeCiutiis to the Silverado Cedar Park Employee Holiday Fund/Bonus, 800 C-Bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741, or a charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Left to cherish Ed's memories are his wife of nearly 54 years, Pat; his daughter Christine and her husband Dan; his son Paul and his wife Kris; and grandchildren: Christopher and his wife Danielle; Vincent and his wife Hillary; Hannah Jane and her husband Will; Marissa, and Jack. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Jace and Stella.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Edward J DeCiutiis

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LAURA GUERRERA

February 12, 2019

For the first 21 years of my life, I grew up living next door to Eddie. Since we were both the only child in our family, he was always the “big brother “ to me and was my idol. He was cute, funny, caring, smart, helpful and always made everything fun. We had windows across from each other in our adjoining alley, and had many silly and warm exchanges day and night that way. We shared our graduation party (mine from 8th and his from HS) in our yard, took lots of car rides together, shared lots of talks about life, family and love. I remember many nights he would knock on my bedroom window after coming home from his dates with Pat and telling me how much fun they had. Pat and Eddie asked me to be part of their wedding, which was such a huge thrill for me. As time passed, they moved with their children to Texas for a wonderful new opportunity. I was so sad to lose him being close by but can never forget the many years of our childhood we shared. He was a most extraordinary guy ! As I said to Pat, he is a special angel in heaven!❤️

Ralph (Dick) Curcio

February 11, 2019

Eddie and I grew up living next door to each other in Queens. After my service in the army I went to work for IBM. When Eddie graduated from school he showed interest in doing technical work. I arranged for him to meet and be interviewed by my branch manager and Eddie was hired.
The rest of his successful career is history.
Although I hadn’t seen Eddie in many years I have often thought of our past.
Rest In Peace
Cousin Dick

Joan Berrios

February 11, 2019

Pat & Eddie with cousin Jean and her husband Russell Torquato.

Joan Berrios

February 11, 2019

Cousin get together ❣️

Joan Berrios

February 11, 2019

Pat and Eddie’s Wedding Picture.
My handsome cousin & his beautiful bride!

Joan Berrios

February 11, 2019

My 1st Birthday Party with my cousins - 1950.

Joe Rizzo

February 11, 2019

It was a sad day when I heard the news. Eddie and his family were leaving Levittown and moving to Austin, Texas. I have such wonderful memories of working on our cars in the driveway (Eddie telling me exactly what to do as I had no clue) and going to the Sears Car Service Center to buy supplies. But I also was fortunate to visit the great city of Austin and enjoy the company of Eddie, Pat, Christine and Paul at their home on Buckingham and on the Lake. How Eddie loved his boat! And did I enjoy Pat's culinary delights.
There will be many a day going forward when I will say ....."Let me call Eddie to see how I should proceed with this or that".
A smart, wonderful guy who will be missed by so many.
Joe Rizzo

Vincent Zecca

February 10, 2019

To Pat, Christine, Paul & Family,

So sorry to hear about cousin Eddie's passing. I have so many memories of him while I was growing up down the block from him in Richmond Hill. Also, when all the cousins got together on the beach in Rocky Point. One of my favorite memories is when I used to hear little Eddie come home from work driving up our block, passing my house and hearing the sound of his 1969 Chrysler 300. I used to run outside and watch him speed up the block. I guess you can say he got me hooked on hot rods!

You're in my prayers.

Thinking of you always,
Cousin Vinny Zecca

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Biography

Ed was born in Queens, New York, on January 6, 1943, in his parents’ home. The only child of Edward and Catherine DeCiutiis, “Little Eddie” grew up alongside many beloved cousins who acted as his brothers and sisters.

Ed graduated as salutatorian of Archbishop Molloy High School, and served his country as an MP in the United States Army Reserve for 8 years. As a young man, he began to spend summers working for IBM cleaning typewriters; he would go on to move up the company’s ranks and ultimately retire as a branch manager in Austin, Texas, 32 years later.

He met the love of his life, Patricia Dunne, at age 14 among neighborhood friends. They were engaged in 1963, and married on May 8, 1965 at Our Lady of the Cenacle Parish. They started their family in Queens as their daughter, Christine, was born in 1966, followed by son Paul in 1968. The family moved to Levittown, New York, and lived there for seven years before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1976.

In Austin, Ed spent many happy years raising his kids and becoming “Poppy Eddie” to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his favorite days were spent boating with family on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

He loved cars — talking about them, fixing them, and driving them. He never stopped checking his family members’ tires, and was always ready to help if someone needed a battery swap or an oil change. Ever the handyman, he took great pride in caring for his home, and could always be found gardening, trimming trees, or working on projects in the garage.

Ed was notorious for his sweet tooth, and was spoiled by Pat’s excellent baking and cooking throughout his life. After dinner, he especially loved lingering around the table with family and friends over dessert and coffee.

Ed will be sorely missed by all who knew him.