Antonio Starnella

Antonio Starnella, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on January 14, 2022. He was 84.


Antonio was born on July 10, 1937 in Santa Maria, Italy to the late Onofrio and Elvira (Cipullo) Starnella. One of 8 siblings (4 girls and 4 boys) he came to the United States where he found work at Stella Doro cookie factory. Later, during a visit home to Italy he met his future bride, Clorinda. They married and she joined him in the United States where they started their family.


Throughout his life family was central to everything Antonio did. Raising their family in New York, Clorinda, Antonio and their children spent weekends and holidays with close and extended family, cooking, playing card games and enjoying each others company. Antonio gravitated to the little children and was always so attentive, caring and loving toward them. This was a trait of his father that had been passed down to him.


After over 40 years, Antonio retired from Stella Doro. He enjoyed a long and happy retirement, watching his grandchildren grow. It would be nearly two decades before his health started to decline.


Antonio loved the Mets, the Jets and his favorite soccer team was Juventus.


He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Clorinda (Fusco) Starnella; his children, Ida Starnella and fiancé Luciano Lombardo, Frank Starnella and wife Josie Starnella, Patrizia Starnella and husband Shaheed Taha; and his beloved grandchildren who he cared so deeply for, Amanda Monna, Letizia Apruzzese, Antonio Apruzzese, Sarah Starnella, Sophia Starnella, Noah Taha, and Jacob Taha.


Visiting will be Monday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home, 1121 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends wishing to attend the visitation virtually may click the following link at any time during the visiting hours Starnella Visitation  Interment will be private.



  1. Frank Starnella on January 15, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Rest In Peace dad. I wish we had more time. I love you.

  2. Patrizia Starnella on January 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I love you so much Dad. I will make sure Noah and Jacob never forget you. Watch over us <3

    • Frank T Starnella on January 17, 2022 at 3:05 pm

      I will miss you Uncle Tony.
      I remember the long card games with your brothers and Uncle Luigi.
      One big famiglia.
      Forever love you.
      You’re with the Lord now.
      External rest.

  3. Rosario Porpora on January 15, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    RIP Antonio we will always remember the great memories, making wine, playing cards with my father, talking the Yankees and Mets… Condoglianze a Clorinda, Ida, Franco, Patrizia e tutt a famiglia e nipoti…xo La Famiglia Porpora

    • Ida Starnella on January 15, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      You’ve left a hole in my heart dad. It will never be the same. I will miss you every minute of every day. You were the light of my life Till we meet again.

  4. Osoul on January 15, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Rest In Peace to the sweetest. Will miss your big smile and hugs. ♥️

  5. Phil Rella on January 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Now you can laugh at my dad and have some chima-de-rab with him . I’m glad I made you laugh each time we saw each other . I will never forget the laughs and sometimes the debates between the Mets and Yankees. You created happy memories in my life that I will never forget and I thank you for that. I wish I had the opportunity to say goodbye and make you laugh one last time. Until we meet again, stata buon my friend and my you enjoy the after life. ❤️.

  6. Lucia And Alfonso Naclerio on January 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Dear Clorinda I ‘ m very sorry for your husband Antonio loss. My deepest simpathies to you And your family. A strong hug Lucia And Alfonso Naclerio

  7. Pierluigi Castaldo on January 15, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I will never forget how you and Clorinda made our family feel at home ever since we moved next door in 1990. The laughs were great! Herman/Heroinnn! ! Thank you both for making our childhoods great! See you on there side Tonino.

  8. Grace Paonessa on January 16, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Clorinda and family. Our condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  9. Nan & Steve Bertone on January 17, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Our hearts go out to the entire family. With deepest sympathy to our friends, Frank, Josie, Sarah & Sophie; on the loss of your dad and granddad.

    • Josie on January 18, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      So thankful for the son you raised. He loves his family just the way you loved yours. This morning when we had to leave, I could not help but think of all the goodbyes we’ve said over the years. You would always cry and that always broke my heart.

      Forever grateful and thankful for the life you lived and for your legacy of family and of love.

  10. Patrizia Starnella on January 19, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Love you

  11. Ida Starnella on September 29, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I occasionally still come to this site hoping I’m having a bad dream. I miss you everyday. I cry for you everyday. I don’t know how to move on knowing your not here.
    I miss you everyday dad.

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