Nancy Marie Cesarani, wife of designer Salvatore Cesarani and co-founder of the Cesarani brand, died at her Brooklyn, N.Y., home on Tuesday of cancer. She was 71.
Nancy Marie Staluppi was born May 29, 1939, in Brooklyn to Joseph, a painter, and Teresa, a seamstress. She graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries in 1957 and completed an internship with the Sorelle Fontana couture house in Rome during her senior year. She met Salvatore Cesarini in high school, and they were married for 49 years.
Together they formed S.J.C. Concepts LLC, an apparel company that creates the Cesarani men’s and women’s collections. Nancy served as the business development manager, public relations director and runway model coordinator.
Outside the business, she enjoyed gardening, reading, cinema, cooking and spending time with her family at their country home in East Hampton, N.Y.
In addition to Salvatore, she is survived by her daughter Lisa, son Christopher and his wife Rebecca, and a sister, Marie (Staluppi) Brown.
A viewing will be held today from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home, 255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn. A funeral mass will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Saviour Catholic Church, 611 Eighth Avenue (6th Street), Brooklyn. Burial will be in East Hampton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation.
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