Jacqueline Ferrara Assenza, 88
Remembered for her kindness and community service
Jacqueline Ferrara Assenza, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2020.
Born May 29, 1932, to the late Jack Ferrara and Louise (DeLuca) Ferrara, she lived in Staten Island.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Salvatore Assenza; her five children, Celeste Assenza Tornello (Joseph), Patricia Assenza Connors (Edward), Michael Assenza (Suzanne), Lawrence Assenza (Loren), David Assenza (Debra), Donna Assenza; 11 grandchildren, Jaclyn Cohen (Dan), Michele Daya (Michael), Michael Assenza (Tara), Christopher Assenza, Alana Tornello, Alyssa Connors, Marisa Tornello, Joseph Assenza, Amanda Assenza, Lucia Assenza and Luke Assenza; eight great-grandchildren, Giavanna Daya, Mariella Cohen, Addison Parisi, Antonia Daya, Michael Daya Jr., Anthony Daya, John Pansini, Layla Assenza, and one more on the way.
Jacqueline Ferrara Assenza is also survived by her siblings, Paul Ferrara, Lucinda Brennan, Edward Ferrara, MaryAnne Deppe, Thomas Ferrara, and many nieces and nephews.
Jacqueline Assenza ("Jackie") dedicated her life to giving back. She was a volunteer for St Rita's School and Parish, Girl Scouts Arts & Crafts Troop Leader, The Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island, Snug Harbor Fundraising Committee of Staten Island, The Red Hats Women's Group and many more.
Jackie worked at SeaView Hospital Adult Day Care Services for 10 years, the Alzheimer's Foundation for 15 years and was honored with multiple community service awards.
Jackie will be remembered as a creative, kind, thoughtful, generous, nurturing humanitarian who devoted her life to her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan and loved spending time at the shore.
Mass will be held at the Church of St. Rita, 281 Bradley Ave., Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Interment immediately following the Mass at Moravian Cemetery, 2205 Richmond Rd., Staten Island.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Meals on Wheels of Staten Island, 304 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10302, www.mealsonwheelsofstatenisland.com/