Whalen & Ball Funeral Home

168 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY


Pauline Tripodi

September 20, 1918February 12, 2020

Pauline (nee Distefano) Tripodi, 101, a native New Yorker and a resident of Colchester, CT passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Pauline was a loving and caring daughter, sibling, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Pauline was a business woman who owned and operated a bridal gown factory with her husband, Louis in Yonkers, NY. She enjoyed sewing and would create custom wedding gowns for family and friends. She leaves a wealth of wonderful memories for her brother Richard Distefano; her children Thomas Tripodi (Dianne), Louis Tripodi (Sally), Carmen Maria Bianco (John) and Richard Tripodi (Sue); her grandchildren Anthony Tripodi (Cathy), Nicole Hennessy (Kevin), Megen Tripodi and Nina Tripodi and her great grandchildren Noah and Alexandra Hennessy and Max and Alexa Tripodi as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Louis Tripodi, her parents Enrico and Lauretta Distefano and 10 brothers. Please feel free to share one of your memories so we can enjoy more precious moments with Pauline. Visiting hours will at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Saturday February 15th 9-10am with a funeral service at 10am. Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914)965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, February 15, 2020


Pauline Tripodi

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John Bianco

February 18, 2020

Dear "Mom"
I have many cherished memories over the years of us being the "Three Musketeers." You, Carmen and I enjoyed many vacations, car trips, cruises, and family occasions together over the 22 years that I have known you. A note you gave early on made me feel very special. I have kept it all these years because it means so much to me.
I miss you, I love you. God Bless you always,

Sue Tripodi

February 17, 2020

Oh Mom- no one has ever had a better more treasured mother in law. My heart is filled with so much love for you, you will forever be in my heart and you will never ever be forgotten. So many precious times spent- probably the most precious are the times you would come and stay with us for a week or more at a time when the girls were first babies and then toddlers and school age. The way you could whip up any kind of clothing or anything else at the drop of a hat, and so quickly and effortlessly and always with so much love. The times spent just doing normal things around the house together and you teaching me how to cook so many different meals. Sharing our love of reading and discovering new authors and books to enjoy and then talk about. And then there is how you created my wedding dress SO perfectly and in only TWO fittings. It was perfect and exactly what I had envisioned.
I only wish I had thought to write down all the things you talked about when we would talk about your growing up, your parents and brothers and all the things you lived to see and change and come about in this crazy world from the time you were a little girl. You lived a wonderful life, you touched so many and were loved by so many in return. I miss being able to talk to you but you are never far away because you are always in my heart. I’ll love you forever.

Carmen Bianco

February 16, 2020

John and I love you, Mom. We miss you so much. You will always be in our hearts, forever in our minds and your wisdom will guide us the rest of our lives. God bless you. We love you. Have sweet dreams, a good night, sleep tight and we will see you again in heaven.
Love always,
Carmen and John

Yvonne Smith

February 12, 2020

I have many sweet memories of my Aunt Lena. When we were young our families would get together on many occasions. In the basement we were entertained by the Tripodi family as they all played instruments. Uncle Lou played the accordion. Aunt Lena taught us to make Sicilian pizza. She was a terrific cook and the meals were alway fantastic. This is where I got my love for “smelly cheese”. She made my beautiful wedding dress, which she and Aunt Rose hand beaded.
Carmen & John loved and cared for her till the end. Aunt Lena gives me hope of a long, healthy, happy life. RIP Aunt Lena 💖🤗😘😇🙏🏻❤️

Denise Jaeger

February 12, 2020

Dear cousins,
I am saddened to hear of Mom’s passing. She was so sweet. I still remember how she “pulled together”a wedding dress for me. Her gift of my bridal veil was so special. That was 47 years ago. You were blessed to have her in your lives for such a long time.
Much love,
Denise and Bruce