Raffaela Calvitto 95, of Tarrytown, NY passed away peacefully on May 2, 2018. Raffaela was born on Oct. 4, 1922 to the late Bernardino and Rachele (nee Motta) LaRiccia in Foggia, Italy. Raffaela was pre deceased by her devoted husband Pasquale Calvitto in 1990. Raffaela was a seamstress for Geoffrey Beene in NYC. She was chosen as the seamstress for some of Nancy Reagan’s wardrobe. She was a gourmet cook who loved to utilize her homemade recipes. She was very independent and loved to visit and shop in NYC. Raffaela would travel by train to Pennsylvania to visit her family well into her late eighties. Raffaela is survived by her loving children Paul (Merrill) Calvitto and Maria (Patrick) Colucci. Also survived by her cherished grandchildren Justin (Emma) Calvitto, Patricia Calvitto, Patrick (Jennifer) Colucci Jr, Jason Colucci, her great grandchildren Brandon Colucci, Jayden Colucci, nephews Benny LaRiccia, Anthony LaRiccia, nieces Rachel Pennington, Joanne LaRiccia, Josephine LaRiccia and her sister in law Grace LaRiccia. She was predeceased by her brother Peter LaRiccia in 2014. Funeral Mass, Immaculate Conception Church, Sleepy Hollow, on Saturday 11 AM. Interment, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY to follow. In lieu of flowers donations in her name to Calvary Hospice would be appreciated.
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Tarrytown, New York 10591