Julianne Dorothy Maruzzella, age 87, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at her home in Somers, New York. She was born on January 20th, 1931 in New York City to Herbert and Julia Anne (Duffy) Sinnett. Julianne attended Good Council College and obtained her Masters from The College of New Rochelle.
Julianne spent over 40 years as an educator. She began as the Owner/Director of a Nursery School in Pelham, NY. Subsequently, she served as an early childhood teacher, a school-wide Learning Specialist and as a Technology Consultant in Mt. Vernon School District, Mt. Vernon, NY. She was a tenacious and knowledgeable educator who diagnosed and prescribed individualized programs in reading, math and language arts, emphasizing students' strengths and ensuring that each student's potential was achieved. In fact, her second grade classroom was designated a model classroom for the district. She was then appointed an Adjunct Professor/Mentor and Field Supervisor, first at Fordham University Graduate School of Education, NYC, and later at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. In these university/college positions she was responsible for observing individual interns in the classroom and providing guidance and assistance in all phases of teaching, including curriculum development, classroom management and assessment strategies.
On September 5th, 1953 she married Hector C. Maruzzella. They spent over 50 years together. Their photo albums show their passion for travel and dining around the world. Julianne was a movie buff and loved to discuss film with her family. She was fiercely independent and a role model to many. She had a quick wit and an infectious laugh. She is survived by her 5 children; Julianne (George) Efremidis, Andrianna Reppert, Peter (Jerilyn) Maruzzella, Michael (Annette) Maruzzella and Matthew Maruzzella; 11 grandchildren; Nicole (Doug) Williams, Kristin Reppert, Michael (Shannon) Reppert, Matthew Efremidis, Nicholas Efremidis, Peter Maruzzella, Stephen Maruzzella, Ross Guida, Zach Guida, Alex Maruzzella and Melanie Maruzzella; 4 great-grandchildren; Maya Reppert, Lily Koloski, Anabelle and Kellan Williams. Her husband, Hector, preceded Julianne in death.
Visitation will be at Pelham Funeral Home on Thursday, November 8th from 4-8pm. A mass will be held on Friday, November 9th at St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church in Pelham at 10am followed by a burial at Holy Mount Cemetery in Eastchester.