On Sept 1, 2019, Dolores M. Accardi, 91, of Pearl River, New York, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 5, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, to Raymond and Helen Tighe. Dolores shared her childhood with her three brothers; Raymond, Warren and Gerald and her sister Kathleen.
After graduating from Franklin K Lane High School, she worked for a short time at AT&T as a bookkeeper. Upon moving to Pearl River, she held a number of part time positions until landing her favorite job, Administrative Assistant at Compass Point Financial.
On Oct. 15, 1949 Dolores married Vincent T Accardi. Those were the happiest 39 years of her life. They raised their 5 children in Brooklyn; Regina Accardi-Doherty who passed in June of 2019 (William), Kathleen Accardi-Ingram (Thomas), Thomas Accardi (Donna), Angela Accardi-Kelly (John) and Mary Accardi. Prior to Vincent’s passing in 1988, they enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Holidays were always special in the Accardi home, sharing an abundance of food, love and fun with family and friends they loved as family. Dolores’ family grew to include 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Dolores was an active parish member of both her Brooklyn and Pearl River parishes. When her children attended St Catherine of Genoa School, she volunteered as an art teacher, a sewing teacher and a CCD instructor. She was a member of the Home School Association and the Rosary Society. After moving to Pearl River in 1972, Dolores continued to be active in St Margaret of Antioch Parish as well. She was a CCD instructor for 16 years, a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Parish Counsel, a member of the Rosary Society and a volunteer at the Dominican Convent Infirmary in Blauvelt. Her service to her parish and those in need were acts of her devotion and faith.
Dolores was an avid reader, a JEOPARDY enthusiast and a competitive Scrabble player – just ask anyone who ever challenged her. She lent her many talents to charitable organizations: doll making, crocheting, needlepoint and sewing. Many little girls in the neighborhood received a Communion dress for their American Girl Doll on their special day. Her most special gifts were the 19 baby afghans she crocheted for each of her grandchildren so when the time comes, they can wrap their babies in her love.
Dolores’ smile, the sparkle in her eyes and her quick Irish wit will be missed by us all.
Visitation will be held at The Sorce Assumma & Shankey Funeral Home in Pearl River on Friday Sept. 6th from 3pm-5pm and 7pm- 9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Margaret of Antioch Church in Pearl River on Saturday at 10am.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt or United Hospice of Rockland.