Carmela 'Millie' Nuzzi (nee DiDomenico), 86
Carmela "Millie" Nuzzi (nee DiDomenico), 86, retired, 'Hartford Insurance' Company claims rep for over 33 years, passed away peacefully after a long illness involving a stroke, heart failure and dementia, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, surround by her family.
She was born in 1934 in Manhattan's Little Italy. She met her future husband, Nicholas, on a blind date in 1951. She said "he was the only man for her." He took her to her senior prom at Textile High, in 1952 in Manhattan. They married in June of 1955. They lived in Ozone Park, Queens.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas, who died in 1967. Together they welcomed their one and only daughter, Neila. After her husband's death, Millie raised her daughter Neila as a single parent, sacrificed her life for her daughter. In 1992, she moved to Staten Island with Neila to be close to her family.
She was also predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth (nee Mangieri) and Alphonse DiDomenico, and two sisters, Rose Rossilli and Angelina Consalvo. They are all reunited now.
Millie was a beloved Aunt to many nieces, nephews as well as great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. She loved children. They all loved when 'Aunt Millie' was around because she brought them candy and loved to give them all "baby baths." She also loved to hug them and said 'Dammi nu waz" meaning 'give me a kiss' and they did, because they knew that would get them more treats. Many neighborhood children referred to her as "Grandma Millie."
Millie was an avid, avid Mets Fan. She loved her Mets. She often said 'David Wright was her grandson" because he was young enough to be her grandson. Speaking of baseball, another favorite of hers was NY Giants, Staten Island Native, 'shot heard round the world' Bobby Thompson, whom she met at the SI Mall years ago. She was thrilled. She was also a big Frank Sinatra fan and saw him in person and went back stage, another dream come true.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, a fixture at the 5pm Saturday Mass until her stroke three years ago.
Her daughter Neila said "My mother was not only my mother, she was my savior and my best friend. I was a good daughter, because I had the best mother who lived for me and her family. She would move heaven and earth for her family."
She will be waked Sunday, October 4, at Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane, from 4 to 8 p.m. On Monday, Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Rosary Church on Jerome Avenue at 9:30 am followed by interment at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
Hanley Funeral Home
60 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Published by Staten Island Advance on Oct. 4, 2020.