Ilmo Carozza of Yonkers, NY was surrounded with love and his family when he passed at home on May 7, 2018 at the age of 84. He was born on April 2,1934, to Francesco Carozza and Carolina Rapa Carozza in Palena, Italy.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, Fernanda DeSanctis Carozza, he was a dedicated father to Sandra and her husband Carmine Gizzo of Mahopac, NY; Frank and his wife Laurie Carozza of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; and Carolyn and her husband Joseph Santamaria of Eastchester, NY. Poppy's nine grandchildren brought him such joy and pride; Frank with his wife Annamaria Gizzo, Maria with her husband Anthony Vaglica, Eric Santamaria, Alexis Carozza, Frank Carozza, Lisa Santamaria and Cristina Santamaria. His four great-grandchildren; Lucas, Christian, Anthony and Domenic were truly his gift from the heavens.
Ilmo emigrated to the United States on September 27,1954. He worked in the construction industry and was a Trustee for Local 208 Laborer's International Union. He then worked for the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities as a Senior Mechanic until his retirement. Mt Carmel St Anthony Roman Catholic Church on Park Hill Avenue in Yonkers was his parish for his wedding and all of his children's baptisms. Currently, he was a parishioner at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church on Midland Avenue in Yonkers. Ilmo was blessed with a large family and was the life of the party celebrating holidays and gatherings with them.
He was the beloved brother to his pre-deceased brothers, Alfonso Carozza lost to us in World War II and Vincenzo Carozza (survived by Mary) and his brothers and sisters which survive him; Crestina (beloved husband Gaetano) Liberatore, Roberto with his wife Maria Luisa Carozza, Clara with her husband Pietro Cacace of Yonkers, NY; Fernando with his wife Diana Carozza of Hopewell Junction NY; Anna (beloved husband Giacinto) Friscioni of Stamford, CT; Alfonso (beloved wife Patricia) Carozza of Stamford, CT and Antonio with his wife Jeanne Carozza of Monroe, CT. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and family in Italy also survive him.
Ilmo's dedication to his heritage and to his community was demonstrated by his numerous involvements as President of the Societa Palenese Maria SS. Dell'Altare, Member of the Congress of Italian-American Organizations, Sergeant-At-Arms and Delegate of the Congress of Italian-American Organizations, Member of the Yonkers Columbus Day Celebration and Parade Committee, Grand Marshall and Deputy Marshall of the Yonkers Columbus Day Parade and Dinner Chairperson for numerous events during the past forty years.
Some of the many honors bestowed on him over the years were Distinguished Service Award presented by the Westchester County Clerk, Andrew Spano in appreciation for Concern for the Betterment of Life in the County of Westchester, honored and awarded the Generosity and Making Things Happen plaque from CIAO, recognized for Outstanding Leadership from the Palenese Society and recognized for Dedicated Service as Past President of the Palenese Society.
Family and Friends may call at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 499 Yonkers Avenue on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Ilmo at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 am. Entombment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Please, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Jansen Hospice & Palliative Care / Attn: Deborah Hanley