RYE, N.Y. Helen Del Grande Berlanti, 93, of Rye, died April 7.
She was born July 13, 1918, in Rossiter, Pa., a small coal mining town near Punxsutawney, to Louis and Candida Del Grande. As a young girl, Berlanti moved to Greenwich, Conn. and graduated from Greenwich High School.
In 1940, she married Gene Berlanti, a superintendent for Berlanti Construction. They purchased a home in Rye in 1949, where she lived for 63 years. Berlanti worked hard all of her life, first as a wife, mother and homemaker. In 1968, at the age of 50, she began working to make additional income. Berlanti got a job as a housekeeping supervisor at Rye Hospital Center, where worked for the next 42 years.
Berlanti finally retired at 92, as an executive supervisor. She is remembered by family for her sense of humor, her immense work ethic and her dedication to people. She had a great zest for life, loved cooking Italian dishes, good jokes, animals, especially dogs, and spending time with her grandchildren at their home in Ortley Beach, N.J.
She is survived by two sons, Gene (Barbara) Berlanti, of Palm Desert, Calif., and Ronald (Robin) Berlanti, of Stephentown, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Berlanti was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; and a sister, Theresa.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to a preferred charity.
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