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Donna M. Corazza

September 29, 1963 - October 20, 2021


Cortland, New York

Date of Death:

October 20, 2021



Birth Date:

September 29, 1963

Birth Place:

Staten Island, New York

Service Information:


Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 11 to 1 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York

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Donna M. Corazza

Our hearts are heavy as we announce that the world lost a beautiful soul and a loving Mother and Grandmother way too soon. Our Mom, Donna Marie Corazza, age 58, of Cortland NY and formerly of Waverly NY, passed away on Wednesday October 20th at SUNY Upstate Medical ICU with her children by her side, after an extended hospitalization in a fight against COVID-19. 

Mom was born Donna Marie Denice, on September 29th 1963, the daughter of the late Dominick Denice and Martha Marr of Staten Island NY. There, she attended Curtis High School. After relocating to Waverly NY in 1995 and then to Cortland NY in 2009, she went on to work for companies including Elderwood at Waverly, JM Murray of Cortland, and most recently Unity House of Ithaca where she was a dedicated full time employee at the time of her passing. She formed close friendships with her coworkers and she expressed loving admirations of them often.

Mom is survived by her older sisters Doreen Denice of Princeton NJ and Darlene Irizzary of Peach Tree City Georgia; by her children, her “crazies” as she affectionately called us, Nicole Corazza of Waverly, Kristen (Todd) VanDyke of Waverly, Tayler (Nick) Lavore of Berkshire and Matthew Peck of Cortland; and by her grandchildren, Alexis, Brance, Chase, Teegan, and baby Lavore whom her entire world revolved around. 

Mom enjoyed and appreciated the simple pleasures in life; a long drive to nowhere, a table full of good food, music and dancing, movies, the holidays, the sound of her grandchildren's laughter, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at midnight to fix all of life's problems. An avid animal lover, she would cry as she came across listings of local animals needing adoption and would often send videos to her grandchildren of her feeding chipmunks in her backyard. Mom loved to cook and entertain, always eager to have Sunday Dinners 'just because' and always made sure to include during the planning "I'll bring everything and do all of the cooking!" That's who she was. She gave everything that she had and she never asked for anything in return. Her heart was big and her love was endless. 

Mom leaves us with so many simple yet important lessons that she dedicated her entire life to teaching us. She was our biggest cheerleader and she always knew the right things to say when we needed it most. Some of her biggest lessons that we take with us? Everything happens for a reason, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Forgive those that you have been meaning to forgive. Tell the ones you love just how much they mean to you every chance that you get. Kindness always wins. Family always comes first.

After her passing, we read something that she once wrote, a piece of advice passed down from her Dad. "Life is better understood looking backwards but must be lived moving forward." So forward we go with the greatest love of all time, our mother's love. Her legacy will live on. We will remember her and we will miss her every single moment of every single day for the rest of our lives.

A time of calling to share your memories of Donna will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 11 to 1 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly, New York.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Donna’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Diane Lopreste
I remember her coming in to pay her water bill, when we were on Broad Street.  She had such an accent.  Which I loved.  Very nice lady.
From the Village of Waverly Office

From: Stephanie Aruto
My Dear best friend aka sister my heart is truly broken at this time. I will miss so much of our laughs our cries and all the good times we had. such beautiful memories. We we're always there for each other.It was a special friendship One day we will be together and have that special walk on that boardwalk and sing and laugh like we had done many of times. You we're the best mom and grandmother your family was your world. Rest in peace my friend my angel I will always love and miss you dearly

From: Peter Thomas
I worked with Donna at JM Murray.
Always good for a hearty laugh or warm hug if you needed one. My sincerest condolences to the family

From: Linda and Doug Thayer
Oh our sweet Donna , how we are going to miss you so much . Our hearts are broken and our pain runs deep .!!! To Donna’s family , there are no words to describe how sorry we are for the loss of your mom . She took care of our daughter Sierra Howells who has Down Syndrome  and was very often 1:1 with her . They loved their time spent together and in all their shenanigans together . They had a special bond , never to be forgotten . We are so so sorry. 
       Linda Thayer and family esp Sierra

From: Debora Wendel
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I was blessed to know her and work with her. My sincere sympathy to you all. I will hold you all in my thought and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

From: Carol A Ventimiglia
Nicole, Kristen, Tayler, and Matt, 
   Mom and I have known each other since we could walk.  My memories of her are vast - from sitting in your grandparents kitchen as kids up to visiting at the house in Waverly and our very very  long phone calls every once in a while. There is just a flood of moments in my heart and mind to treasure.  Was mom loud? YEP! She loved her people as loud as she could also. She could make us laugh to the point of running to the bathroom.  She was also gentle and tender in caring for people. It is so bittersweet as she will be watching from above -- but so missed by presence. I miss her SO much already.

From: Ron Bleiler
Nicole and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss.

From: Donald Shilling
Matt, Taylor ,Christian,Nicole I am so sorry hearing of Donna passing She was a loving lady to know and be with and I was proud to have known Her Rip Donna Prayers to the family

From: Eric Gonzalez
I am so sorry to hear she passed.  What a wonderful women and person to work with.  Loved her personality and how she would never take crap from anyone. This world was a better place with her here.  Donna you will be truly missed.

From: Barb Bill  and the kids
Omg Matt I’m so sorry to hear about your mom.  We have been talking about you for the past few weeks wondering where you have been bcuz we haven’t seen you to learn about this.  If you need anything please please message me.  Love ya kid

From: Stephanie McNulty-Flagello
So sorry for your loss. There is nothing harder than the loss of a mom. May she Rest In Peace and may God be with you all. I’m sure she will always be by your side guiding you through every day.

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