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John Persico, 88, Of Eastchester

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- John Persico, longtime resident of Eastchester, died Sept. 8, 2015 at the age of 88.

He was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Somendenna, Italy before coming to Mount Vernon in 1955.

He owned his own landscaping business with his wife for more than 40 years. He was the beloved husband of Therese (Resi) for 55 wonderful years. Cherished father of three children, Gilda (Jorge) Severiano, John (Christa) Persico, and Susan Persico. Adored Nonno of six grandchildren; Lauren, Gabrielle, and Alexander Severiano, and Jack, Anna, and Cara Persico, who were his greatest joy.

He was the eighth of 12 children and is survived by his sister Maria Gherardi of Mount Vernon, and brother Mario Persico of Somendenna.

He also was the loving uncle of numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A lover of soccer (Atalanta, AC Milan), Pavarotti, animals, and gardening, his happiest days were spent with his large extended family.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Westchester Funeral Home, 190 Main St., Eastchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, 53 Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.

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