OBITUARY

Stella M. Pelisson

October 31, 1938April 6, 2018
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Stella Mary Pelisson, blessed with the lifelong nickname of "Sunny," passed away peacefully on April 6, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in the Bronx, New York, on Halloween, October 31, 1938. Her life exemplified the Great Commandment—to love God and her neighbor, with a touch of extra love thrown in for her family.

Stella, whose birth last name was Steinberger, graduated from St. Margaret Mary Grammar School and Walton High School, both in the Bronx. Life then followed a familiar path. She worked for Equitable Life Insurance, subsequently married Charles J. "Max" Pelisson on November 21, 1959, gave birth to and raised five children (James, Robert, Daniel, Andrew and Anne), and later returned to work at the Bank of New York/Mellon, where she spent 20 years, receiving an Employee of the Year Award in 2002, before retiring in 2005.

While there were career achievements and the joy of close friends, it was the love for her family that meant the most to Stella, first as mother to her five children and then, with her own mother passing away, as surrogate mother to her younger sisters and brother. She spent time guiding, teaching and loving all of them. The same would apply for her six grandchildren to come and the many nieces, nephews and their friends to follow. In turn, they would all grow to love her.as their lives were enriched with her kindness. She never missed providing gifts for their birthdays, First Communions, Confirmations, graduations and other special events.

Vacations at the Jersey Shore were very special to Stella, taking place annually in South Seaside Park, New Jersey. All the kids would come to Grandma/Aunt Sunny’s room where she cooked breakfasts and dinnertime meals for them. It created a bond with strong memories that will never be forgotten by those who shared her cooking and her generosity. Stella is survived by her husband Charles (Max), son Jim and daughter-in-law Kathy, sons Bob and Dan, son Andrew and daughter-in-law Jodi, daughter Anne and son-in-law Tom, and her grandchildren Aidan, Matthew, Will, Katie, Courtney and Tommy.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home located at 321 South Main Street, New City, New York, on Thursday, April 12, 2018—hours 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Friday April 13, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack, New York (near the funeral home). Entombment will follow immediately at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet, New York. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Society.

Services

  • Friday 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 12, 2018
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