Emily "Nanny" Carozza of Yonkers, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday February 6th 2021 at 89 years young.
A lifetime Yonkers resident born on August 18th 1931 the second child of Marco and Mary Pici, immigrants from the province of Foggia, Italy. Sister to Anthony (Bust) Pici and Dr. Ralph Pici.
On October 23rd 1954, in front of family and friends, she wed Albert Carozza (September 12th 1928 - December 23rd 1986). On Christmas of 1958, instead of hosting Christmas dinner, Emily gave birth to Angela Carozza (Marranzino) and five years later on July 5th 1963, she had her own fireworks show when she gave birth to Marc Carozza.
In November of 1986, Emily became a grandmother and officially inherited the role of "Nanny." A name that would and will continue to resonate with her forever. She would go on to have 5 grandchildren in total. Frankie (1986) Marc (1988) Alyssa and Dianna (1994) and Nicholas (1996). To all her grandkids and even their friends, she was "Nanny" or "The Nan."
Emily worked as a banker for the Bank of New York for many years and would be the only person left in the world who would still balance her checkbook to keep her mind sharp. Solitaire everyday was another way to keep that mind sharper than a tack.
A devout catholic woman. Saying her rosary everyday and watching mass on tv if she couldn't be there in person. Her faith was a strong as her reluctance to lose an argument (which she never did). Her caring ways were always demonstrated by her always being on the phone with friends and relatives do her weekly checkup on people to make sure they were doing well. A strong-willed and strong-minded woman, who was as tough as a green beret. After all, she was married to a man of the army.
Her homemade cavatelli (gavadeels) and orecchiette (hats) were always a welcome sight on her big wooden board. A huge lover of the holidays, she would be the first to start decorating and always looked forward to being around family and friends for those big holiday dinners. Armed with her martini with as much ice as you can fit into a glacier, she reveled in playing hostess. As giving as a person as anyone could be, she would always have a gift and a card ready for someone at a moments notice.
A great lover of classic films, she always spoke about how much better movies were back in her day. A big time reader and an even bigger shopper on the QVC Network. Her biggest passion though was her family. To reminiscing about old times growing up with her brothers to famous historical events, she always had something to discuss with her children and grandchildren and brothers and cousins and friends. Anyone who knew her, knew she had the the wonderful gift of gab.
She may have left this world physically but we know she is even closer to us now because she is deep in our hearts (and ear drums). Her memory will live on with all of us forever. We know she is in Heaven having a good time with her family and friends and chewing everyone's ear off like only she can. But we also know she is up there looking down on her family and smiling and guiding and watching over us all. She will be greatly missed until we all meet again.
She is survived by her son and daughter and son-in-law (Marc, Angela and Frankie). Her 5 grandchildren (Frankie, Marc, Alyssa, Dianna and Nicholas). Her brother and sister-in-law (Ralph and Antonia) and the dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews that all loved her so very very much.
A mass will be celebrated in her honor on Tuesday February 9th at 10am at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale, NY.