Louis F. Ciaramella, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, died on February 26, 2023. He was 74.

Louis was born on August 13, 1948 in the Bronx. He was a devoted son to Ralph and Josephine, a loving brother to Paul, sister-in-law Mary Ellen, a beloved brother to Lorraine and her life partner Bruce, and a faithful friend to Tom. He cherished his nieces, Danielle and Laura; grandnephew, Sean and grandnieces Iyana and Sage. He was loved by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Louis brought joy, kindness and laughter to all who knew him. He was a great cook and baker and prepared many family dinners which we all enjoyed. It was not only good food, but lots of laughter and great memories around the table. For the Easter season he made Easter bread, pastiera and potato balls. For Christmas, we enjoyed his pignolatta, fig cookies, crescent cookies, zeppolis and wine balls.

Louis worked for the New York City Department of Child Support for 42 years- making lifelong friends along the way. As a young man, he served as an altar boy at St. Dominic Church and was a member of the Youth Group.

Louis learned the family history and Italian culture from hours spent with his beloved grandmother and her many friends.

He will be greatly missed for his kindness, sense of humor and bright personality. May he rest in eternal peace.

Visiting will be Tuesday from 4-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11am at St. Dominic’s Church, 1743 Unionport Road, Bronx. Interment will be private.



  1. Anna Dominiak on February 27, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Dear Paul and Lorraine,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May the great Healer pass His gentle hand over your heart and soul as you come to terms with this difficult loss.


    • Lorraine on March 2, 2023 at 12:27 am

      Thank you so much, Anna. ❤️

  2. James and Elisa on February 28, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Dear Lorraine, Paul and of course Tom, Our condolences to your family. Louis welcomed us as his neighbors over 27 years ago. He always had a warm smile and great conversation to offer. I don’t remember ever seeing Louis sad or low in spirit. He was the apitomy of a great neighbor and friend. He will be missed greatly.

    • Tom on March 2, 2023 at 12:18 am

      Thank you, we could not ask for better neighbors , a comment Louis made more than once

    • Lorraine on March 2, 2023 at 12:25 am

      Thank you for being great neighbors to our family. ❤️

  3. Jessie Bonacorso on February 28, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Dear Lorraine and Paul and family, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Louis . He was such a kind man and always with a smile. May he RIP and be celebrating with your parents in heaven.(I’m so sorry I couldn’t attend)❤️
    Love, Jessie Bonacorso and family

    • Lorraine on March 2, 2023 at 12:36 am

      Thank you, Jessie ❤️ Louis will really be missed.

  4. Bernadette Ferrara on March 1, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Dear Paul, Lorraine, Tom, Ciaramella and Cushing family members, you were blessed with an Angel with Louie! So many great memories to keep him alive in your hearts
    I will greatly miss him and our family memories as we grew up at a great time in Van Nest and attending St.Dominic school. As elders now in our families, let’s repeat history to the young members. Pass it down and keep memories alive. RIP Louie.

  5. Lorraine on March 2, 2023 at 12:38 am

    Thank you for your kind words, Bernadette. ❤️

  6. Dan Schinhofen (2nd cousins) on March 5, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    I cherish the time I got to spend with Louis and you all back in 1972 both out in California and in New York. My brother Larry stayed in touch all these years. God bless you all and his smile and humor will be missed.

    • Paul Ciaramella on March 24, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Danny. Louie was a great guy, and very funny. I miss talking and laughing with him.

  7. John Guarliale on March 5, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    Louis taught me how to be an altar boy at St. Dominic. He was a few years older than I but he took me under his wing… I believe we both served every type of holy mass from daily masses, Sunday masses, funerals, weddings & even his own confirmation mass. A kind man & always was there to guide us. Rest in Peace Louie

    • Paul Ciaramella on March 24, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks John. At his funeral Mass in St. Dominic’s, a long time family friend remembered that she had gotten married in the Church and Louie was the altar boy. Great memories.

  8. Dmitry Green and Catherine Hwang on March 7, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Dear Lorraine,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved brother, Louis. He sounds like a wonderful person whose presence will be profoundly missed by friends and family alike. May the good memories you shared together bring you some peace during this difficult time. Rest In Peace.

    • Lorraine Ciaramella on March 24, 2023 at 8:24 pm

      Dear Dmitry and Catherine,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. My brother was a great guy and will be missed terribly.

  9. David Bufalino on February 22, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    I worked with Louis at 66 Leonard Street.
    Sorry to hear of his passing.

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