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Pasquale 'Patsy' Orzo, 94, Resident Of Croton, Avid Volunteer

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Pasquale "Patsy" Orzo, 94, of Croton passed away on Dec. 14 at Skyview Nursing Home in Croton. Patsy was born in Harlem to Domenica and Salvatore Orzo on Dec. 16, 1917.

He married Eileen Backoff on April 23, 1944 at St. Benedict's Church in the Bronx, and enjoyed 63 years of married life.

Orzo donated his time to multiple charitable and religious organizations, including the Boys Club of New York, Knights of Columbus and Regional Aid for Interim Needs, which supports the elderly of the Bronx and northern Manhattan. He served in the National Guard. He volunteered at the Bronx State and Calvary Hospitals, and was an active member of St. Raymond's Church in the Bronx, where he ended his career as the administrative assistant to the pastor.

Upon moving to Croton, he continued his community involvement with the Croton Caring Committee's monthly luncheons. He was also a member of the Croton Seniors.

Orzo was predeceased by his wife Eileen on Feb. 6, 2008 and his sisters Lucy Rinaldi, Jessie Falso, Connie Krlic, Anna Dercole and Mary Gluberman. He is survived by his son Dennis Orzo and his wife Joyce, of New Rochelle; his daughters Cathy Higgins (Tim) of Croton-on-Hudson, and Deborah Berni of Stamford, Conn.; his sister Gloria Casilli of Orangeburg, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Michael, Tracey (Ago), Mandy, Daniel, Thomas (Jennifer), James (Dana); and four great grandchildren, Angelo, Lillian, Kathleen and Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Calvary Hospital, Croton Caring Committee or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Services were held at Holy Name of Mary Church, 110 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson. Funeral arrangements were provided by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson.

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