Legal secretary, music lover and 'a fantastic hostess '
Born in Southern Italy in 1938, Marie Delpriore spent her early childhood in Deliceto, Foggia before immigrating to Staten Island in 1947. Marie and her brother, Eliott, grew up in Mariners' Harbor, where she recounted that her parents, Anna and Leonardo, had a huge vegetable garden which supplied the family produce through every season.
Marie graduated from Port Richmond H.S. where she was an excellent student, cheerleader, and active in many clubs. After graduating in 1956, Ms. Delpriore became a secretary working at Citibank in Manhattan while attending night school at Staten Island Community College, where she met her future husband, Ronald Bollmeyer. They married in 1958 and had three children.
In the early '80s the couple divorced but remained close until Mr. Bollmeyer's death in 2007. In the mid-'80s Ms. Delpriore returned to work in Manhattan and had a decades-long career working as a legal secretary, working on high profile cases for partners at Lord, Day, Lord, Barrett and Smith and later, Sullivan & Cromwell, where she served as Secretarial Coordinator for 14 years, before retiring in 2006.
Ms. Delpriore spent her retirement years between NY and Bradenton, Fla., where she enjoyed taking the sun and sharing carefree times with her daughter, Lyn Bollmeyer. A fantastic hostess in her day, Marie was happy to be a guest in more recent times, enjoying lively holidays spent with daughter, Lorie Honor, and son-in-law Robert Honor, at their home in Stapleton. Ms. Delpriore was a generous and loving grandmother and doted on grandsons, Jack Henry and Kavanagh.
Aside from her cherished family, Ms. Delpriore loved performances of the NY Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway shows, reading and sharing the view of Clove Lakes Park from her balcony with her beloved dog, Phoebe.
On July 26th, Ms. Delpriore passed away at Addeo Hospice House due to complications related to vascular disease. She was 82.
In addition to daughters, Lyn Bollmeyer and Lorie Honor, Ms. Delpriore is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Eliott and Betty-Sue Delpriore of Folsom, La. She was predeceased by her son, Dr. Paul Bollmeyer, in 2006.
The wake will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 30 and July 31 at Matthew Funeral Home, 2508 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, matthewfuneralhome.com
Donations can be made at www.projecthospitality.org
, or www.emmasplacesi.com
, in lieu of flowers.