Dolores Marolla

Dolores Marolla

Sunday, October 6th, 1929 Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Dolores Marolla

Dolores Marolla sadly passed away on April 2nd, 2020 from complications from the COVID-19 at the age of 90. She was born on October 6, 1929 to Santo Costa and Rosaria Siragusa. She grew up in the Midwood Section of Brooklyn along with her 6 siblings. In 1956, on her birthday, Dolores wed Vito Marolla and was married for 54 years until his death in 2010. Together they had three children, Rosemary, Frankie and John. They resided in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, were she was a stay at home mom and later a seamstress. She was avid seamstress, where she loved to do all tailoring for her family and friends. She loved cooking and was terrific at it, and showed her talent by hosting many holiday and family gatherings with much pride, joy and enthusiasm.

In 2000, Dolores and Vito moved to Bay Terrace, SI. At that time she was a caregiver to her husband who had battled many years with Parkinson and until he was moved to Seaview Nursing home for further care. While visiting her husband each day, she would eventually become a volunteer at Seaview to assist and feed other patients.

In her very golden years, she was considered a “Party Animal” and “Shop-A-Holic” to all that knew her. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching her soap operas, sewing, movie going, eating out at restaurants and of course her love of shopping. She frequently attended the Great Kills Friendship Club, where she made such wonderful friends and so many happy memories which included special occasion parties, mall shopping, painting classes and of course, Bingo.

Dolores was so blessed to have shared so many special moments with her in-laws and her many nieces and nephews, who loved and respected her dearly.

Much of her happiness came by spending family time with Rosemary, Frankie and John, along with her daughter in-laws Tara and Lynn and their immediate families as well.

But the love of her life was grand-daughters Nicole “Beauty”, Morissa and spouse Brent along with her two great grandchildren Lyla Grace and Brody Beau.

Due to the unfortunate circumstance of the Covid 19, only a private viewing will take place with her children, once all social distancing has been resolved, a memorial celebration will be scheduled in Dolores’ honor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for Special Needs Children in honor of Dolores Marolla to the Seton Foundation for Learning.

Donations may be mailed to The Seton Foundation for Learning, 315 Arlene Street, Staten Island, NY 10314 or on their website at

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    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 |
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Blvd
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    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Francine Santora

Francine Santora
I remember meeting you when I became friends with your daughter Rosemary over forty years ago. You always welcomed me to your home with your warm smile and kind ways. It was such a pleasure to be able to celebrate your 90th birthday with you and your wonderful family!! You partied to the end of your life ! You will be truly missed.

Comment | Posted at 08:45am via Condolence

Duane Barra

Dolores was an incredibly warm and friendly person. Growing up on East 28th Street in Brooklyn, our two families became friends. Dolores always welcomed us into her home with a smile. Moving to Staten Island myself, I'd run into Dolores from time to time. She always asked how my parents and my kids were doing, and we would inevitably reminisce happily about the 28th Street days. Dolores will be greatly missed, but will always be remembered for her fun loving spirit and warm personality. My prayers go out to the entire Marolla family. Rest in peace, Dolores.
Comment | Posted at 07:03pm via Condolence

Diane Vitale

Aunt Dolores, your " mini me" will dearly miss you so much. I cherish all the Christmas Eves we spent together and how I looked forward to your exceptional cooking and baking - those delicious cookies! You always made me feel special and loved. I especially remember when I was 12 how kind you were when my Pop-Pop died and I slept at your house on East 28th Street. I felt so comfortable staying at your house and loved to sit on your porch. Those block parties were fun too!
I was so happy when you moved to Staten island. You never forgot to call me on my birthday and always remembered the boys birthdays too.
I definitely have your much of your DNA. We were alike in so many ways, our love of makeup, fashion, shopping, decorating, craftiness, and of course organizing and cleaning.
I admired how beautiful and "put together" you always were, perfect hair, nails, makeup and clothes. You were a beautiful bright shining star on the outside, but most importantly you were just as bright on the inside - funny, feisty, full of life. There will never be a day that goes by that I won't think of you especially when I clean my kitchen sink.
Your spirit will be with me always. Love you to infinity and patiently waiting until we meet again someday. Your loving niece, Diane, Don, Steven, and Matthew
Comment | Posted at 06:21pm via Condolence

Eileen Littles

sp sweet
Posted at 06:42pm

Michael Wasserman

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Marolla family. She was a wonderful person who always welcomed me into her home.
Comment | Posted at 10:11pm via Condolence

John Costa

Aunt Dolores your we’re such a wonderful Aunt and person. Thank you for all the great memories. I remember all great times we had the on east 28th street with the block parties and holidays. You always found the positive side to everything. You had energy like a firecracker and always had a fast Wit. I always tried new foods when a was at your house. When I was a little boy you made me soft boiled eggs which I love and still eat today. I also had Calamari one Xmas eve at your house which is one one my favorite foods today. What I will miss the most is your funny up beat personality. Love you and will always keep your spirit alive.
Comment | Posted at 08:17pm via Condolence

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