Elisabetta Monteforte Barresi, 76, formerly of Westbury, NY, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed from this life on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at her home in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Born on May 6th, 1939 to Angelo and Palma Monteforte in Durrazzano , Italy. She came to America in 1958 where she met her husband of 51 years, Domenick Barresi, then proceeded to start their family.
Elisabetta was a selfless and giving woman, always putting others ahead of herself. Her enormous heart and kind spirit fueled her desire to make others happy. Her cooking and baking could cure anything that ailed you.
Elisabetta was the founding owner and operator of My Hero in Merrick, NY for nearly 30 years. To this day; it is an iconic building of the community. In 1996 she and her husband relocated to Raleigh, NC joining their sons, Vinnie and Angelo establishing yet another neighborhood staple, Vincent's Pizza & Pasta. She knew the way to people’s hearts was through her cooking, and it was her mission.
She is survived by her husband, Domenick; sons, Vincenzo & Angelo; grandsons, Dominic & Devin; granddaughter, Adriana; brothers, Vincenzo & Frank; sisters: Antoinette, Alfonsina and Maria. She is predeceased by her brother, Joseph Monteforte.
Visitation at Donohue-Cecere Funeral Home at 290 Post Avenue in Westbury, NY (donohue-cecere.com) and Funeral Mass will be held at St Brigid's Catholic Church in Westbury, NY . There will be a memorial service in Raleigh honoring Elisabetta next weekend at bigboom. Please check bigboomraleigh.com for day and time of service.
In memory of Elisabetta, donations may be made to: ALS Association - Jim"Catfish"Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27601