Harmon Funeral Home

571 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY


Yolanda DeFazio

December 29, 1924June 27, 2019
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Yolanda DeFazio was born one of 12 children to Carmela and Gaetano Cerullo in 1924, Harrison County West Virginia. Descendants from Italy, her parents settled in W. Va and became farmers. She spent most of her earlier years there. She would later meet the love of her life, Harold DeFazio and settle to Staten Island. Yolanda had an immense love for cooking and gently cradled and embraced everything she made like a newborn baby. She was widely known for her Italian Easter pies, Pizza Gaina, Pizza Gran, the tastiest meatballs and lasagna, struffelis, was a masterful baker and shared much of her cooking rituals with her husband. She loved to crochet, paint and partook in ceramics as well. When it came to her grandchildren, get out of the way. Nothing made her happier and she would get on the floor at the expense of her arthritic knees and hands to play with them. Yolanda met her husband in the late 1940's and moved to Staten Island where they raised 3 children. They later on settled to Cairo NY in the Catskills where the smell and feel of the country woods would take her back home again. She remained upstate after his passing in 1988 then later settled to Massachusetts near her daughter. Yolanda later moved back to Staten Island and resided in CLove Lake Nursing Home where she spent 3 years before her passing. She is survived by her 3 children, Umberto, Sylvia and Paul with the normal name. 4 Grandchildren, Alex Daniella, Sarah and Christopher, daughter in law Magda DeFazio and son in law Jean Frenette. Yolanda was adored by all who crossed her path, she will be missed profoundly & leaves behind a legacy beyond words.


  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Yolanda DeFazio

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Lorraine Thorne

July 3, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Yolanda DeFazio. We had some fun times together. I was her Companion. We shopped together, cooked and baked together. We occasionally, ate lunch at the lake and ocean, in Lynn. I learned a lot from her. She was a woman who knew who and what she liked and she had the courage to say so. She had discriminating taste, so I was honored that she liked me.
She was instrumental in getting me into the same apartment complex where she lived. I love it there. I count it a blessing that I met her.
Through her I also met Sylvia, a person I liked immediately. It is not easy being a Caregiver but Sylvia did a great job lovingly and sacrificially taking care of her Mom. I am blessed to have known them both.
May God bless and God comfort the DeFazio family.

Pete Gardner

July 2, 2019

Dear Burt, Sylvia and Paul,
Albeit i only got to know your Mother in the last three years, it has been my great fortune...as a strolling musician at Clovelakes i often encountered Yolanda and she always gave me empathy, generosity and concern...she provided me with apples,
cough drops, a chair at which to sit in her room....and she wasn't affraid to engage in conversations much larger than small talk....she obviously was not
content with being idle and i sensed her
frustration in being limited of action and doing. I am so happy to have shared
many memories with your beautiful Mother. I am also proud to have grown in friendship with Paul, and as well to receive the sincere warmth of Sylvia and recently Burt. I hope you will consider me as friend and family!!!
I was compelled to express this and now see the the bigger picture of Yolanda's
gifts, thankyou all and please accept my deep condolences.
with love,

Donna Copman

July 2, 2019

Dearest Sylvia, Alex, Bert and Paul,
Your tribute to your mother is lovely, Sylvia. It brought me to tears as I lost my own Mom 2 and a hair years ago, and she was born also in 1924. God has the good ones now!

I never met her, yet I feel I know her through you. I know how the pain of loss feels... there is no way of getting around it. Mourn as long as you have to. Someday you’ll be reunited with your mom as I will with my mom and dad. Until then all we can do is try to be as good as they were. I’m so very sad for you. You’re always welcome to visit me at my place in the North End.

May she Rest In Peace and be reunited with your father and all other loved ones.

Love, Donna

Mark Cerullo

July 1, 2019

Much love and sympathy for my NY family. Paul, Syl, and Bert.

Marie Fronduto

June 30, 2019

Dear, Burt, Sylvia and Paul.

Thank you, so much for sharing your mom with me. She, truly was an remarkable woman. I loved when we would, sit on Sylvias porch and share stories. I will miss, her love, devotion and cooking. She would always make me, her wonderful italian, potato salad. 2 years ago, I spent the weekend with her. She was so full of life, and the stories, she would tell. I will cherish all the memories that she shared.
May she flying, with the angels.
Love you Lundy.

Tony Aquino

June 30, 2019

My memories of Mr. & Mrs. DeFazio will live in my broken heart forever.
Lundy was a gem and always treated me like a son. God rest her soul and may she be dancing with toots in heaven. Every time I perform Cara Mia I will remember her smiling face and gentle soul. She will always be a memory from the best time in my life. RIP

Dino Cerullo

June 29, 2019

Not even sure where to begin about this lady . Linda and I began our married life with a honeymoon stay at her home in NY and our relationship with her and her husband only grew stronger as time has passed .She was part of a generation of people who worked hard , knew the real meaning of "family", an Italian master at work in the kitchen .Sometimes loving and other times tough as nails .Linda and I can never repay her for all the laughter , good times and memories thru the years. It was sad to see her suffer as she did but I feel honored to have been in her presence just before she left us . You were one of a kind Aunt Lundy and Linda and I will miss you greatly. WE TOAST YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE !!!

Betty Ann ( and Family Rosales

June 29, 2019

Thanks y'all for the wonderful memories. Toots and yourself were such blessings to me , my husband and family. I loved her West Virginian accent . On adventures with Sylviann on the weekends , Lundy valiantly stood up for us when we were out later than curfew . She had a wonderful love for life and gift of encouragement . I admired her 'homemaker' qualities . I will remember her gentle smile and sense of humor x

Deanna Zirkle

June 28, 2019

How blessed we are to have our memories. I looked so forward to and loved the summers we spent together. My dear Aunt, you were always so loving and kind to me. May God now cradle you and give you peace. I love you dearly.
To my three cousins dear, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although your mother is gone from your sight, she lives on in your hearts. You'll see signs of her everywhere. Much love........Deanna

Anne Ford

June 28, 2019

I loved when you mother use to come to Callahan School to see Alex. She was so proud of her grandson. She brought much joy to all the students and the teachers of Callahan. She was such a wonderful kind soul. I am glad that I had the honor of meeting this very special person. Rest In Peace.
Anne Ford.