2017-04-12 / Obituaries

Grace Seifert

Grace C. DeMarfio Della- Torre Seifert, 81, of Oneonta passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

She was born October 10, 1935 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Carmela (Gianchetti) De- Marfio.

Gracie graduated from Washington

Irving High School and went on to the Art Students League where she became an accomplished artist. While attending art school she worked for Norcross Cards in NYC

She then took over the family business, Demarfio’s Restaurant, Main Street, Fleischmanns and operated that for many years. Even while running the restaurant, Gracie still was very much into her art.

Gracie married Ronald Seifert on February 14, 1991. Ronald predeceased her in 2002.

But the most important part of her life was her family. She was a wonderful mother and later became a doting grandmother. She treasured the time spent with her grandchildren. Gracie was also very fortunate enough for several years to visit her son, James in Germany and live with him for six months out of the year.

Gracie is survived by her three children, Angela and Bill Eardley of Oneonta, James and DellaTorre and Anette Peiszan of Staufen, Germany and Catherine and Anthony Porco of Yorktown Heights and their father, Angelo DellaTorre; 10 grandchildren, Kimberly and Glen Sawyer, Vernon, CT, Anthony Eardley, Yonkers, NY, Alva , Alexandria, Celena and Tyler Eardley, Oneonta, Benjamin and Marlen Peiszan, Staufen, Germany, and Anthony and Michael Porco, Yorktown Heights NY, sister-in-law, Lorraine DeMarfio, Pine Hill; two nieces, Mildred Giangrasso, Lindenhurst and Catherine Cortese, Staten Island; two great nephews, Anthony and Paul Giangrasso; two great nieces, Nicole and Alexandra Cortese; Phyllis Sangetti and the entire Sangetti family of Oneonta and FL; sister-in-law, Barbara DellaTorre of Brooklyn NY, as well as several nieces and nephews in the DellaTorre family; special friends, Elizabeth Lynch, Oneonta and Annette and Joe LaPine, Otego; and her four legged family, Poetta and Josie.

She was predeceased by her grandmother, Catherine Carruccio and brother, Eustace “Sonny” DeMarfio.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta. The Reverend Teresa Sivers officiated. Following the service there was a celebration of Gracie’s life in the fellowship hall.

For those who wish memorial donations may be made to Gracie’s Art Ministry Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820.

“I believe art admits us into the inner life of others. Art is the most intense mode of individualism. It teaches the significance of life.” Grace C. Seifert

To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.co m

Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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