Rocchitella “Roxanne” Fanelli (nee Motta), 80, of Norwood, formerly of the Bronx, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. Roxanne was born on July 7, 1936 in Laurenzana, Potenza, Italy and in 1958 she came to the U.S. after marrying her beloved late husband John R. Fanelli.
Roxanne was the loving mother to Frank A. Fanelli and his wife Cristina of Norwood, NJ and Salvatore Fanelli and his wife Marianne of Campbell Hall, NY. Cherished grandmother of Anthony, Virginia, John and Francesca. Dearest sister of Maria Zarrella and her late husband Giuseppe, Carmela Arena and her husband Michael, Josephine Rusciano and her husband Vincent, Margaret Mazza and her husband Giuseppe, John Motta and his wife Vera, Maria Rosaria Ribaudo and her husband Tony. Devoted sister-in-law of Florence Fanelli and her late husband Joseph, and Jerry Fanelli and his wife Marie, and aunt to many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Roxanne worked as a cafeteria aid at Junior High School 80 in the Bronx, NY. Once she moved to New Jersey in 1981, she worked as a cafeteria aid at Burns and Roe in Oradell, New Jersey. She also worked at Ingleside Nursing Home of Old Tappan, NJ as a dietary aid up until its closing. Upon her retirement, Roxanne worked as a crossing guard for over 20 years in Norwood, NJ near Holy Family Catholic Academy. Roxanne’s passions were cooking, sewing, gardening and spending time with her family.
Visiting hours are Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 4-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Norwood, NJ with entombment to follow at Garden of Memories, Washington Twp.