Felicia “Phyllis” Severini passed away peacefully at her home in Eatontown Jan. 28. Born and raised in Red Bank, she was 88 years old. She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, C. George Severini, a career army officer. Their chief joy was their three children: George Severini of Fair Haven, Rober t Severini of Princeton, Linda Severini of Oceanport and five grand-children and one great-grandchild.
Blessed with a pretty face and ready charm, Felicia will be remembered as a wonderful wife and mother with an exceptional gift for hospitality. She maintained an elegant home, excelled at Italian cuisine and was a big fan of popular music and films.
Lacking childhood opportunities herself, Felicia saw her emphasis on education bear fruit with offspring who are accomplished in government service, the performing arts and publishing. She and her husband, George, were passionate about travel. They crisscrossed the U.S. many times, and cherished their trips to Europe, Australia, Hawaii and the Bahamas. Amazon recently published an e-book of Felicia’s witty and wistful poetry about her Depression era-and World War II-era upbringing in an Italian immigrant community.
Felicia, the youngest of seven children, born to Mariano and Marie Benedetta Binaco, is survived by her sister Adelina “Lena” Ilaria. She was predeceased by her beloved adoptive parents, Alfonso and Concetta Palandrano.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Dorothea’s R.C. Church, 240 Broad St., Eatontown. Interment will follow at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodbridge.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Please visit Felicia’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.
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