Grace M. Marzano, 84, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Grace M. Marzano, 84, passed peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in her Watertown home, surrounded by her beloved children. The family thanks Hospice of Jefferson County, for their compassion, guidance, respect, and their empathy during her final hours.

Born Sept. 11, 1937, in Watertown, a daughter of Pasquale C. and Rose (Compo) Melara, she graduated from Watertown High School.

Grace worked as a switchboard operator for the New York Telephone Company, and a waitress at Grieco’s Brass Rail, Ann’s Stand, and Canale’s Restaurant prior to marriage.

On Jan. 16, 1960, she married Vincent J. Marzano at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Joseph Sistito officiating. Mr. Marzano died on Dec. 28, 2002.

After her husband’s passing, Grace became President of the Italian American Civic Association Ladies’ Auxiliary. She sat on the organizing committee of the Bravo Italiano Festival, and coordinated several fund raising efforts to benefit the IACA. Grace was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and a longtime member of the Altar Rosary Society. Many attendees of the St. Anthony’s Mount Carmel Festival will fondly remember her exquisite Italian cookies.

In her earlier years, she was City Tennis Champion and City Tennis Doubles Champion and she (very much) enjoyed golfing.

Grace lived for her family (especially her grandchildren) and always stressed the importance of keeping long held traditions alive. Her children and grandchildren will always remember Italian Christmas cookies and traditional Sicilian Easter bread in addition to many Italian dishes that were uniquely hers.

Grace was an avid gardener and took pride in her 100-year-old tomato seeds from Italy, which she continued to grow until this past year. The fresh sauce was incredible!

Grace is survived by her children, Anthony C., Rodman, John V., Vincent N. and Lisa V., Watertown, Gina R. Marzano and Tina M. (Rocco) Lanzafame, all of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Christian Wolf, Chelsea Wolf and fiancé, Nick Fontaine, Rocco Lanzafame, Jr., Vincent Lanzafame, Hannah (Killian) LaDue, Vanessa Marzano, Julia Marzano, Antonio Marzano; a great grandchild, due in March; a brother, Charlie (Shirley) Melara, Watertown; a sister-in-law, Mary Melara, Watertown; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Sam (Lillian) Anzalone, Phillip Anzalone, Josephine (Tony) Noto, Frank (Christine) Melara, Joseph (Jeannette) Melara, Ron Melara, Grace (Frank) Campolito, Carmela (Stanley) O’Bryan, Anna (Lowell) Smith, Catherine (Edward) McGinley, Dorothy (Earle) Rothbaler, and Adeline Melara.

A funeral Mass will be at the convenance of the family. A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Glenwood Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Immaculate Conception Church, 119 Main Street, Brownville, NY 13615 or to the Italian American Civic Association, 192 Bellew Ave., Watertown, NY 13601.

Online condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com