“Today, we remember my grandmother, Jean “Dolly” Pesce, who passed away on Thursday, July 27th, 2023. Dolly was 98 at the time of her passing, and despite the physical difficulties she was challenged with, remained the strong woman she had always been.
Native to New York, Dolly raised her family in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, with her late husband Philip Pesce. Dolly was always known as an honest, strong, and well-respected woman, not only to her family, but the community alike. She gained her nickname “Dolly” for being the Dollface of the neighborhood and throughout her long life, she always carried herself with her namesake elegance. The very sun she lay beneath in her early years was the very brightness she contributed to all around her.
Laughter always surrounded Dolly as well as her notable confidence and humor. She never missed the opportunity to call someone out or tease her grandchildren. Though her family was small, it was strong, and she will be remembered as the pinnacle – the whole heart – of the very family she is survived by.
Dolly is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, all of whom were lucky enough to share time with her. Her first daughter (and family) Barbara and Jim Pepio, their sons James and Chris, and their children Ava, Aisha, and Isabella. Her second daughter (and family) Patricia and Ray Testa, their children Alexandra and Philip, and their children, Philip, Vivian, and Sophie.
Dolly will be remembered as the cornerstone of her family and the original Lady of Liberty Ave.
With love, Gram, your grandson, Phil.”