Elizabeth Ann Visco
Elizabeth Ann (Betty Ann) Visco passed this life on April 5, 2018 at Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Plains, New Jersey, from restrictive lung disease as a result of her decade’s long battle with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which was diagnosed in 1984.
The daughter of John and Anna Pandolfo, Elizabeth was born on August 11, 1934 and grew up in the Belmont area of the northeast section of the Bronx. Having graduated from Aquinas High School, she became employed in the steno pool of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1955, she met her future husband, Sirio Viscogliosi, and the pair married on September 14, 1957, had three children and eventually settled and raised their family on Parsifal Place in Country Club.
An avid movie and theater buff, Elizabeth enjoyed spending time reviewing the arts with her friends. She was also a voracious reader and it was not unusual for a guest in her home to see several library books strewn on her kitchen table, all being read and absorbed within record time. Quick-witted with a sly sense of humor, Elizabeth was not one to back down from a challenge or confrontation, believing in a strong sense of self and that “everyone was entitled to her opinion.”
Elizabeth was also fiercely independent and, despite her disability and limitations, she was well known to seek out adventures or help those in need, earning her the affectionate nickname of the “Energizer Bunny.” She was a caring and devoted mother and proud of each of her five granddaughters, who they affectionately called “Grandy.”
Elizabeth became widowed due to the untimely death of Sirio in 1984 from cancer at the young age of 53. It was shortly thereafter that she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her neck, necessitating the need for surgery to eliminate the possibility of becoming a quadriplegic. She barreled through four more surgeries, replaced hips and knees, and never complained of pain or missed a day of work as a secretary in Lehman High School.
Upon retiring in 1998, Elizabeth moved from the Bronx to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey to be closer to her children. She is survived by her three children, Sally-Ann Gialo and her husband, Mark, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Lydia Crowell and her husband, Edward, of Sugarland, Texas; and, Mark Visco and his wife, Patrice, of Chatham, New Jersey. She is also survived by her five cherished granddaughters, Dr. Kristen Gialo and her husband, Joseph Hopkins, Diana Gialo, Taryn Gialo, Emily Visco and Kathryn Visco. She is also survived by her loving sister, Joan Griffin, of Harrison, New York, nieces, Karen Parè, Suzanne Conway, Patti Griffin and Robert Griffin, and their families and, last but not least, her grand-dogs, Milo, Maggie, Harley, Bailey and Remy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you “pay it forward” in the form of donations made to the American Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org), The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey (www.seeingeye.org) or a charity of your choice.
Family and friends are invited to McNulty Funeral Home, Inc. 3006 Middletown Road Bronx, New York 10461 on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM for visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Elizabeth at Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Entombment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
~ If you plan to attend the funeral mass on Monday, please arrive to McNulty Funeral Home, Inc. by 8:30 AM or Our Lady of the Assumption Church by 9:30 AM ~