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Pelham Resident, Merigliano Dies at 94

PELHAM, N.Y. - Theresa Merigliano, a resident of Pelham, died on Oct. 3 at 94.

Merigliano was born in Pozzuoli, Italy to Anthony and Olimpia Chianese. She was raised and educated in Mount Vernon. Merigliano was a member of the Ladies of Saint Ursula and the Saint Catharine's Church choir. She also worked tirelessly for muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy campaigns for several years.

Nicknamed "Aunt Tess," she was known for her signature dishes: cream puffs and homemade pizza. A New York Yankees fan, her hobbies included singing, gardening, playing bridge, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Merigliano is survived by her daughter Marie Grosso with husband Pat, her son Robert Merigliano, her brothers Dominic Chianese of Florida and Richard Chianese of Pelham, her grandsons Ralph Merigliano and wife Diane, John Merigliano and Patrick Grosso with wife Elissa, her granddaughters Jill Quartararo with husband Peter, Dr. Carolyn Kennedy with husband John and Lauren Petrillo with husband Ian, as well as three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Merigliano in 2002 and her sons Ralph and Richard Merigliano. Friends and family may visit Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel in New Rochelle. A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catharine's Church in Pelham.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Catharine's Church, 25 Second Avenue Pelham, NY 10803.

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