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Obituary Notice
April 9, 2015, BEACON SHOPPER • 9C
Obituary notices are printed
without charge, as space permits.
Family members and funeral
directors may submit obituary
notices to us at 85 Broadway,
Suite A, Amityville, NY 11701
or may call 631-264-0077. We
will also consider publishing
clear black and white or color
photographs with the articles.
Photographs are kept on file at
our offices by date of publication
and may be picked up at your
convenience.
by Eileen Interiano
Cira Clarelli loved the snow. Even
at age 86 she would spend time out in
the snow, shoveling and playing.
Cira Clarelli, a resident of Amity
Harbor and a former employee of the
Copiague School District, died Jan.
27, 2015 during one of this winter’s
many snowstorms. “To me, the snow
falling that day was a reflection of my
mother’s passing,” said her daughter
Susan Frontera of Copiague.
Ms. Clarelli was born on July 29,
1928 in Brooklyn, to Carmine and
Rose Ferucci. In 1949, she was mar-
ried to Jerry Clarelli but later divor-
ced in 1989.
She enjoyed multiple crafts such as
sewing, crocheting and knitting. As a
seamstress, she worked for Elizabeth
Arden, and used her talents to help family to alter
dresses for family and friends.
However, in 1955, she decided to switch career
paths. She settled with her family in Amityville and
got a job in the Copiague School District, working in
the cafeteria.
Living in Amity Harbor, Ms. Clarelli was always
surrounded by children and family. She lived next to
door to her parents’ home and others relatives also
lived on the same block.
She also helped to raise her great-grandchildren
following the death of her granddaughter. “She was
very special to her great-grandchildren because she
was always there to help them with their homework,”
said her daughter. “They called her nanny.”
Ms. Clarelli retired from the Copiague Schools in
1988 after working there for 26 years. But, two years
later decided to get a job with Tutor Time, in Amity-
ville, a childcare and learning center.
Cira Clarelli of Amity Harbor, former Copiague
School employee who loved children
Also, for the last six years, she par-
ticipated in the Foster Grandparent
program, a state-funded program
that pairs community residents with
teachers, to bring help, support and
affection to students in the class-
room.
“My mother was a frustrated teac-
her and if she could have lived her life
again, she would have been a teac-
her,” said her daughter Susan Fronte-
ra of Copaigue. “She loved children;
she would tell me that ‘we’re all God’s
children and that we’re all the same’.”
As an Italian descendent, Ms. Cla-
relli loved cooking from scratch es-
pecially pasta. She also valued family,
religion and believed that everyone
was created equal under God’s eyes,
said her daughter.
Her children, Susan Frontera and her husband John
of Copiague, Michael and his wife Audrey of Amity-
ville and Rose Ann Chiaino and her husband Alfred
of Lindenhurst, survive her as do seven grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Joseph
Ferucci and his wife Barbara Jan and Dolph Ferrucci,
also survive her.Her granddaughter, Michelle Spano,
predeceased her in 2003.
She reposed at the Powell Funeral Home, 67 Broad-
way, Amityville.
Rev. Father Jerry Castare of Good Shepherd Hos-
pice conducted a religious service there. Rev. Father
Cira Clarelli
	Shown are members of AMVETS Post 18, Islip, at a special day of remem-
brance ceremony, to honor those who defend American freedom.
Gabriel Miah of Our
Lady Grace R.C Church,
West Babylon, celebra-
ted a Mass of Christian
Burial. Interment was
in Pinelawn Memorial
Park, Farmingdale.
Veterans honor veterans during memorial ceremony
Veterans at Our
Lady of Conso-
lation Nursing
& Rehabilitative
Care Center were
joined by mem-
bers of the West
IslipAmericanLe-
gion for a break-
fast in their honor.
The veterans, both
residents and staff,
were given post-
ers and letters
from the children
at Bayview El-
ementary School
thanking them for
their service.
Our Lady of Consolation honors veterans
	 St. Monica’s Guild of Suffolk for Widowed Men and
Women will meet Mon., Mon., April 20, 1 p.m. at the
West Islip Library, 3 Higbie Ln., West Islip. For infor-
mation, call 631-581-0466.
Widowed Men and
Women meeting April 20

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  • 1. Obituary Notice April 9, 2015, BEACON SHOPPER • 9C Obituary notices are printed without charge, as space permits. Family members and funeral directors may submit obituary notices to us at 85 Broadway, Suite A, Amityville, NY 11701 or may call 631-264-0077. We will also consider publishing clear black and white or color photographs with the articles. Photographs are kept on file at our offices by date of publication and may be picked up at your convenience. by Eileen Interiano Cira Clarelli loved the snow. Even at age 86 she would spend time out in the snow, shoveling and playing. Cira Clarelli, a resident of Amity Harbor and a former employee of the Copiague School District, died Jan. 27, 2015 during one of this winter’s many snowstorms. “To me, the snow falling that day was a reflection of my mother’s passing,” said her daughter Susan Frontera of Copiague. Ms. Clarelli was born on July 29, 1928 in Brooklyn, to Carmine and Rose Ferucci. In 1949, she was mar- ried to Jerry Clarelli but later divor- ced in 1989. She enjoyed multiple crafts such as sewing, crocheting and knitting. As a seamstress, she worked for Elizabeth Arden, and used her talents to help family to alter dresses for family and friends. However, in 1955, she decided to switch career paths. She settled with her family in Amityville and got a job in the Copiague School District, working in the cafeteria. Living in Amity Harbor, Ms. Clarelli was always surrounded by children and family. She lived next to door to her parents’ home and others relatives also lived on the same block. She also helped to raise her great-grandchildren following the death of her granddaughter. “She was very special to her great-grandchildren because she was always there to help them with their homework,” said her daughter. “They called her nanny.” Ms. Clarelli retired from the Copiague Schools in 1988 after working there for 26 years. But, two years later decided to get a job with Tutor Time, in Amity- ville, a childcare and learning center. Cira Clarelli of Amity Harbor, former Copiague School employee who loved children Also, for the last six years, she par- ticipated in the Foster Grandparent program, a state-funded program that pairs community residents with teachers, to bring help, support and affection to students in the class- room. “My mother was a frustrated teac- her and if she could have lived her life again, she would have been a teac- her,” said her daughter Susan Fronte- ra of Copaigue. “She loved children; she would tell me that ‘we’re all God’s children and that we’re all the same’.” As an Italian descendent, Ms. Cla- relli loved cooking from scratch es- pecially pasta. She also valued family, religion and believed that everyone was created equal under God’s eyes, said her daughter. Her children, Susan Frontera and her husband John of Copiague, Michael and his wife Audrey of Amity- ville and Rose Ann Chiaino and her husband Alfred of Lindenhurst, survive her as do seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Joseph Ferucci and his wife Barbara Jan and Dolph Ferrucci, also survive her.Her granddaughter, Michelle Spano, predeceased her in 2003. She reposed at the Powell Funeral Home, 67 Broad- way, Amityville. Rev. Father Jerry Castare of Good Shepherd Hos- pice conducted a religious service there. Rev. Father Cira Clarelli Shown are members of AMVETS Post 18, Islip, at a special day of remem- brance ceremony, to honor those who defend American freedom. Gabriel Miah of Our Lady Grace R.C Church, West Babylon, celebra- ted a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale. Veterans honor veterans during memorial ceremony Veterans at Our Lady of Conso- lation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center were joined by mem- bers of the West IslipAmericanLe- gion for a break- fast in their honor. The veterans, both residents and staff, were given post- ers and letters from the children at Bayview El- ementary School thanking them for their service. Our Lady of Consolation honors veterans St. Monica’s Guild of Suffolk for Widowed Men and Women will meet Mon., Mon., April 20, 1 p.m. at the West Islip Library, 3 Higbie Ln., West Islip. For infor- mation, call 631-581-0466. Widowed Men and Women meeting April 20