Filomena Zulli

Filomena Zulli

Friday, February 22nd, 1935 - Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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Phillis Zulli, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday April 4th, 2021 at Greenwich Hospital. Phillis is survived by her husband, Joe; her children, Karen, Valerie and her husband Andy, JoAnna, Joseph and his wife Maria; and her grandchildren, Sandy, Scott, Chris, and Joseph; as well as other family and friends. The time and location of the services are outlined below.

Phillis Zulli was born Filomena Tedesco on February 22nd, 1935. She was born in the Bronx, New York, the home of her beloved New York Yankees. She lived on Third Avenue until married, when she moved to University Avenue. In the ‘60s, Phillis and Joe moved to Yonkers and later to New Rochelle. Most recently, Phillis and Joe called Greenwich, Connecticut home. Phillis and Joe were married on June 16th, 1956, at Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx, the day after Joe graduated from College. Phillis was mother to four children: Karen, Valerie, JoAnna, and Joseph; and second mother to her daughter-in-law Maria and son-in-law Andy. Phillis and Joe started their family in the Bronx, later expanding to Yonkers. Professionally, Phillis did secretarial work and was known as “the fastest typist ever.” She ended her professional career as a travel and event coordinator at Teca.

Phillis was an amazing force of nature. She gave regularly to several charities caring for those she did not know. To all who knew her and loved her, she was willing to help anyone anytime. She always saw the best in everyone and everything. She never asked for any help for herself and was thankful for her many blessings in life. She was always giving of herself in ways that not only tried to please everyone, but generally did. From providing care for both her mother and her brother late in their lives to being the only grandmother to catch for her granddaughter at pitching clinic, she was truly the greatest thing that came in a small package.

Cooking and feeding everyone in her home was one of her great passions in life—and she was very good at it! Her pantry was always stocked and ready for anything. It was not possible to walk away hungry from her table; yet, just when you could not eat another bite, out came dessert and coffee—all while discussing the menu for the next meal. It is family lore that she came up with the idea for Carvel soft ice cream before they did.

Cooking was not Phillis’ only passion, however. She had a zest for living that included family, friends, relatives, and the New York Yankees. She maintained lifelong friendships with Camille and Pat and could always find time to talk on the phone to her many relatives on the east and west coast. Yet, often, it was the little things in life that pleased her. She attended all of her grandchildren’s events, hating to miss a single one. She loved classic movies in black and white, and probably saw every one that was ever made. As significantly, she could also recite all the lines from the Godfather Trilogy. Phillis loved the beach, especially trips to the Jersey Shore with her family, and she loved to play cards with her children and grandchildren, even though she had to stand up to lay down her cards. As well, Phillis would not turn her nose up at an opportunity for a road trip to Atlantic City, where she was not shy about placing a bet or two.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 9:15am - 10:45am
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am
    Castiglione Funeral Home
    544 Old Post Road 3
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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  • Service

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 11:30am
    St. Pauls Church
    84 Sherwood Ave
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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    Fr. Les
  • Interment

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 1:00pm
    Putnam Cemetery
    35 Parsonage Rd
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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Andrea & the DeRosa family

Posted at 11:32pm
Phillis was there for me for many years. I hate to think of life without her. She was a very special lady. Heaven will be Lucy to have her. Love you
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Love, Jill & Joe Patterson

Posted at 03:31pm
JoAnna and family, I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Mother! I am sad I cannot be there with you! Peace lily for peace snd love
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You honor Her with your love for each other. Take comfort in her love for you.
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JoAnna and family, Please remember we love and care about you. Our deepest sympathy
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