September 23, 1934 – November 19, 2019
Mrs. Clara Orlando, of East Meadow, L.I., and formerly of Copiague, died Tuesday, November 19th at the age of 85 years. Clara was born in North Tarrytown, New York, to her late parents, Rocco and Mary Coppola. She was raised in Copiague, graduating from Amityville schools. She met her future husband, and the love of her life, Cosimo Orlando, who also grew up in Copiague, just a block away. They married in September of 1956 and began their new life among family and friends in their beloved Copiague, L.I. Soon after they purchased their first home in Copiague, where they raised their family. Clara enjoyed spending time with family, cooking delicious meals and most of all being a grandmother. Surviving is her beloved family - her children - Linda Villani and son-in-law, Steve; Gus Orlando and daughter-in-law, Diane; and Tina Bessey and son-in-law, Michael; her six grandchildren - Stephen, Joseph, Nicholas (Kelly), Emily, Joshua and Matthew. Also surviving is her sister, Phyllis (Bill) Coulter, and her nephew, Jason (Katie) Coulter. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Sunday, November 24th from 2:00 - 4:30 and 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. A Funeral Prayer Service will be offered during the 7:00-9:30 p.m gathering. Interment services are private.
- Memorial Visitation Sunday, November 24, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, November 24, 2019
November 27, 2019
Dearest Linda, Stevie and family,
I am so sorry and heartbroken to hear of mom’s passing. What a class act she was! The second time I said “Hello Mrs. Orlando” many years ago, she said, “Oh please, call me Clara, we’re family” and then from that moment on, it was wonderful. Her clothing style, humor, kindness, laughter, I will deeply miss, along with our talks getting to know one another thru the years with the Green Tea and Honey and coffee cake, breakfast with Linda’s famous scrambled eggs and mom’s Chicken dish from last December. With you Linda, watching TV late at night, the Elvis concert in Copaigue years ago, the dinners and watching the 2 ‘IT” movies was so enjoyable. Poor thing jumped out of her skin with the last one in September in the theatre! I will miss her dearly and may mom rest in eternal peace and perpetual light shine upon her, love always, Rachel
November 25, 2019
A beautiful person who was like a second mom to me when Gus and I were growing up. She loved her family and was the calming influence in the house! My prayers are with the family as they remember their Mom, grandma, sister aunt, cousin and friend! Rest In Peace dear lady!
November 23, 2019
Mrs. Orlando was such a lovely person. Tina and I grew up together and have been friends for years. Any time I went to the Orlando house, Mrs. Orlando was always so nicely dressed in her fashionable Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, hair beautifully styled, and cool, in vogue boots. Coffee cake and coffee were always available, no matter what time you were there. She was such a loving and generous woman!