Helen D. Accardi

August 14, 1918August 25, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Helen Dolores Accardi, 94, formerly of Fort Wadsworth, a loving mother and grandmother who had a penchant for playing cards, died Saturday in Brighton Gardens Sunrise Senior Living Center, Saddle River, N.J.

Born Helen Fitapelli in Manhattan, she moved to Fort Wadsworth in the early 1950s, before settling in Saddle River in 2008.

In her younger years, she worked as a hat designer for Lilly Dache of New York City .

Mrs. Accardi loved listening to music, dancing and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed taking trips to Atlantic City, and often played various card games such as poker.

“She was always there to listen. She never judged anyone and was a nice, loving person,” said her daughter, Joan M. Accetturi. “Her unsaid words and actions spoke volumes.”

Mrs. Accardi was a parishioner of St. Joesph’s R.C. Church, Rosebank.

Her husband, Eugene, died in 1985. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Nicholas, in 1994.

Surviving are two sons, Eugene and Robert; two daughters, Patricia A. Accardi-Scaturo and Joan M. Accetturi; a brother, Joseph Fitapelli, and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be Wednesday from Virginia Funeral Chapel, Dongan Hills, with a 10 a.m. mass in St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Rosebank. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Grasmere.


  • Visitation Monday, August 27, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  • Committal Service Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Helen D. Accardi

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September 18, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories of Janice provide consolation for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3

Andrea Lupo- Parise

August 29, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the family. My greatest memories of both Aunt Helen and Uncle Gene will stay in my heart forever. She will be greatly missed. What a great woman she was, just from my long ago memories. I've never forgotten you over the years I love you very much Aunt Helen

The Lyons family

August 28, 2012

To the Accardi family our deepest condolonces,
Christine, Deanna, Cassandra, Angelica, Marissa, Dennis

Tom Murasky

August 28, 2012

Gene my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Joseph Kreytak

August 28, 2012

My heart goes out to the Accardi family. It was an honor to have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Accardi. Her loving personality will always be remembered.


August 28, 2012

To the family of Helen Accardi, sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow as promised at 2 Corin 1:2-4.

Michele Harris

August 28, 2012

No matter how old we are, losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring and her wisdom live on, like a legacy of love that will always be with you.

Rest easy, Aunt Helen

Diane Candy

August 27, 2012

My last memory of you is of you showing up at our reunion with your son Gene on his motorcycle! You always had the most beautiful smile, just lit up your face! I think that was the coolest part of the whole night...RIP Helen

Terry Whyte

August 27, 2012

We LOVE you Helen! We'll miss your smile! You were a BEAUTIFUL person!! Enjoy your Heavenly Family now....Till we meet again!