In Memory of




Obituary for Alfred Mario Staffetti

Alfred “Al” Staffetti left earth to be with the Lord on May 10, 2022 just shy of his 97th birthday.

Alfred was born on June 22, 1925 in Genoa, Italy to a single mother, Rose Staffetti. He lived in the Piedmont region of Italy until age 13 when he came to New York.

Alfred met the love of his life and his best friend, Yonia Parisi in 1956 when they were both working at the American consulate in Naples, Italy . She was walking, he offered her a ride, when he spoke she realized he was Italian and she flashed him an unforgettable smile. They went out together daily and six months later were married.

From the age of 13 Alfred worked and earned a BA degree in Liberal Arts from Fordham University, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi and a Doctorate in Social Work from Columbia.

Alfred worked as a Case Manager and later Administrator in the Human Resources Administration for the City of New York. He then worked as a Social Worker in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Montrose until he retired in 2000 at age 75.

Alfred spent his retirement always close at home with Yonia in the Pleasantville he loved, enjoying simple pleasures such as getting together with his former coworkers, taking several trips to Italy, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. During his retirement he became quite a prolific and talented writer of many stories and of his childhood memories in Italy.

Alfred was known by family, friends, coworkers and neighbors as gentle, kind and thoughtful. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Alfred is survived by his loving wife, Yonia, his beloved children: Dr. Joseph Staffetti and his wife Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz, daughter Lillian Staffetti, and daughter Marisa Berlinski and her husband James Berlinski and beloved grandchildren Joseph, Francesca and Alessandra Staffetti and Gabriel and Sampson Berlinski.

A wake will be held Sunday May 15, 2022 at the Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville NY from 3-5pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday May 16th at 10 am at Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Pleasantville NY.