Palma Chiarelli- Born February 6, 1932 in Formia, Italy, passed at the age of 86 on March 9, 2018. Devoted wife of Zopito for over 65 years. Loving mother to Maria Anna, Giovanni (Laura), Peter (Kathleen), and Joseph (Laura). Beloved Nana to ten grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Funeral mass to be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12 noon at St. Mary Gate of Heaven R.C. Church, 103-12 101st. Ave., Ozone Park, NY 11416. Onto St. John's Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Palma's name can be made to the American Cancer Society ( .

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  1. Nana was a true matriarch in every sense of the word. There was no stronger woman who cared for her family with such love and devotion than Nana. Her passing is more than a loss, itΓÇÖs a hole that can never be filled. I feel more than blessed to have been her granddaughter and so fortunate that my children were able to know and love her, even for the short time they had. Be at peace with Mommy. I love you, Nana more than any words could ever say.

  2. Palma was a wonderful woman filled with pride for her hometown of Formia and for her family. She enjoyed cooking for her family and keeping up with the rich and famous. We will miss our talks and the sound of her reassuring voice. Rest peacefully with your family in heaven. You will never be far from our thoughts and prayers xo

  3. Nana was definitely one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Best chicken parm on earth. Always keeping everyone well fed and also in line, she was one of the strongest women I know. Her legacy is etched in stone and she will be missed.

  4. Nana you were the strongest woman I have and will ever know. It is unreal to know you are gone. I love you.

  5. We met Palma only once, on the very sad occasion of her daughter MaryannΓÇÖs passing. But her vitality and strength of character was apparent as she gracefully transcended her deep personal grief to warmly welcome us. We have been good friends with Giovanni and Laura for 30 years. We have witnessed firsthand their sons Vincent, Nick and Chris grow into fine young men There is no doubt that PalmaΓÇÖs influence & love is still present in her family and will continue to endure. Our deepest sympathy to all.

  6. I will never forget chicken parm, a klondike bar and a sprite. Nobody loved more passionately than my Nana. You will never be forgotten.

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