Theodora Barbara Mennella, loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and
friend, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ upon a beautiful
sunrise on June 8, 2021 at the age of 79. She was born in NY, NY, on December 30,
1941. She married her soulmate, her one and only sweetheart since the age of 14,
Salvatore (Bob) on June 24, 1961. Together, they raised three beautiful, successful
children who have a very close bond which is a reflection of “Tedi” and “Sal”.
“Tedi” loved her family very much. Her loyalty and dedication to the ones she loved
was unprecedented. Her family was her life and most important to her.
“Tedi” was predeceased by her husband Salvatore, her loving brother Nicholas, her
sister Anna, cousins Teresa, Richie, Carol, Pat, in-laws Pat and Lori, nieces Erin and
Samantha, her parents Theodore (Johnny) and Loretta, her great grandmother
Laura (Nana) and her favorite Aunt Theresa.
“Tedi” is survived by her sons Robert and Michael, her daughter Donna, her
grandchildren Michael (Mikey), Allisya (Allie), Anthony (Tony), and Matthew
(Matty), her brother Tony, her nephews Frankie and John, her nieces Cheryl, Carole
and Nicole, her cousins Barbara, Linda, and her grand dogs Tootsie, Bella, and
She is also survived by Nicholas’s wife Nancy, Robert’s wife Diane (who she
considered a second daughter), Donna’s husband Mitch, her daughters in law Donna
and Koula, her son in law Steven, other family and her many friends.
Tedi loved life and was a bundle of energy wherever she went. She was very strong,
intelligent, responsible, organized, caring, honest, genuine and made a positive and
lasting imprint on all those she met. She was proud of and selflessly loved her
children and grandchildren with all her heart. The bond she had with her
grandchildren will make an everlasting impact on their lives. She guided her
children and grandchildren to embrace the importance of education, success and
unconditional love for family. She had a tremendous impact in aiding her sons to
become medical doctors and daughter to become the Firm Administrator to a very
successful law firm. She had an immense influence on her grandchildren’s careers.
Mikey has a Masters in psychology and is pursuing his PhD, Allisya is a Certified
Paralegal and is pursuing law school to become an attorney, Matthew is currently in
a Masters’ program for architectural engineering, and Tony owns a successful small
Tedi loved to dance and laugh and was always the life of the party. Our hope is that
she is dancing with her husband amongst her family and friends in heaven.
Tedi was the epitome of strength from birth, throughout her childhood, throughout
young, middle and late adulthood until the very last breath she took in the arms of
her children who helped guide her back into the arms of her loving husband and
into the gates of heaven.
Visitation is 10 AM to 12 PM at Saint James Funeral Home in Saint James NY. Funeral
services at burial site immediately following the visitation. Zoom link available. Zoom ID#8574023688 Password sjfh
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