Sylvia M. Donato

Sylvia M. Donato, a 57 year resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2023 with her family at her side.   Sylvia was born on December 7, 1935 in the Bronx NY to Sylvio and Angelina (Tirella) Toriello where she attended Evander Childs High School.   She married Mario J. Donato on September 8, 1957 at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx.  

Sylvia was a shipping clerk for a local textile company while her children were in school, and then an account manager at several insurance companies.  She was the center of her large boisterous Italian family, and loved nothing more than being surrounded by her family and friends.    She was manager, historian, and repository of all family information and will be sorely missed.   Sylvia was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and a communicant at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

Sylvia was pre-deceased by Mario, her husband of 63 years, in July 2020.   She is also pre-deceased by her brother Peter Toriello.   She is survived by her son Mario J. Donato, Jr. (Melissa) and daughter Stephanie Donato Gaba (Stephen), granddaughters Christine, Juliet and Mia, her sister  Patricia Cipollaro, sister-in-law Judee Toriello, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm at Pizzi Funeral Home,  120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07647 on Thursday March 30, 2023.  A Mass of Christian burial will held at 10 am at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983 on Friday, March 31, 2023.  


  1. Eileen M. Andrzejewski

    Sylvia was “a real force of nature”. I’ll always be grateful to have known her. She was very generous and a true “people person”. A master at mastering a Family Tree. Rest in Peace, Sylvia. It was a joy to have known both you and Mario.

  2. Larry Thompson

    RIP- Ms Sylvia! Never got to meet you from what Ernie’s says about you were the best ! You ate with God now and in great hands

  3. Dj and Bobbie Balik

    Our hearts and prayers goes out to the entire family….

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