In loving memory of Benny (Benilda) Marie Zolluccio. She was a former long-time resident of Stamford/Riverside CT until she moved to PA in 2010; Benny has passed away peacefully, at the age of 91 on February 4, 2021 at Heatherwood Assisted Living in Honey Brook, PA.
Benny was born on September 13, 1929 in Stamford, CT, the daughter of Fortunato and Rose (Pillon) Diotalevi. Benny graduated from Stamford High School, Class of 1948.
Benny enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her four children. She had an absolute adoration for cats. In fact, Mamma Joey, a cat who visited Benny while in Honey Brook, is now sponsored to honor her. She had many talents, a few of which included: sewing and repairing clothing, knitting and crocheting as well as being a wonderful painter. She enjoyed teaching us card games and doing arts and crafts. She held positions at CO Millers, then Syl-mays and final job at Olin until she retired. Upon retirement she started painting more and sold a few of her pieces. The remaining pieces have been shared amongst the family and will forever be cherished with her notes that she left on each!
She was predeceased by her husband, A. Charles Zolluccio, her parents Fortunato and Rose Diotalevi, her sisters, Alda Cacci, and Jill Ingenito. Benny is lovingly remembered by her daughters Karen Gallagher of FL, Eileen Greco and her husband Elio Greco of PA, her sons James Gallagher and Lee the Treeman and his wife Diane Erickson of CT.
She is also survived by six grandchildren: Scott Kulis and his wife Aylissa of CT, Angelo Greco and his wife Julie of PA, Estella Greco, Gabriella (Greco) Reese and her husband Michael of PA, Rose and Tessa Gallagher of CT. In addition she has two great grandchildren Gabriel and Lucas Greco of PA. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and gran-nephews.
She has left each and everyone of us with a gift of laughter and sarcasm. She has left us all with the ability to be strong, independent, and determined within our own lives/paths. She has also left us with the gift of living life to its creative fullest as she did. Grams, Grammy, Benny, you will forever remain in our hearts and in our minds as a beautiful soul is never forgotten.
A private graveside service will be held at St Johns Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or your local ASPCA.
Be sure to watch a special message from Benny HERE