Lillian Rose Candreva, loving wife, mother, and sister, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the age of 82. Born to Rose and Frank Tocci on August 4, 1939, she grew up in the Bronx, NY. She attended Preston High School and received her college degree in Math at the College of New Rochelle. She later attended Iona College for her master’s degree. She married Ferdinando Candreva in 1969, and they had two children, Christopher and Debra.
Lillian was deeply devoted both to her family and to her career, and carved out a life path that allowed her to enjoy both. She pursued a career in computer programming for several years in the 1960s, when both computers and career women were a bit of a novelty, before taking time off to devote herself to raising her children and being with family. She loved hosting holiday meals, and could transform a regular weeknight dinner into something that felt like a holiday. As her children grew older, she later returned to the career she loved, starting a business with her son.
Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her brother Ray Tocci and his wife Lucy Tocci and by her three grandchildren (Andrew, Marjorie, and Dylan). She will be dearly missed by all of us.
The family will receive family and friends at Graham Funeral Home at 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY, on Sunday October 31, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in her honor at the Church of the Resurrection at 910 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY, on Monday, November 1 at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Gilda’s Club (gildasclubwestchester.org); Soul Ryeders (soulryeders.org); or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).