Obituary: Nancy Cesarani 1939-2011

Nancy CesaraniNancy Marie Cesarani, the woman behind designer Salvatore Cesarani and a creative talent in her own right, died of cancer on Tuesday.

Born on May 29, 1939 in Brooklyn, Nancy graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and did an internship at a couture house in Rome. Her father was a painter, her mother a seamstress, and she was instilled at an early age with an appreciation of “le cose belle” (the beautiful things in life).

Among these beautiful things: her marriage to Sal, her high school sweetheart, soulmate and best friend. Observes Fred Derring from DLS, “They were incredibly connected. I always loved having conversations with Sal because Nancy would be right there telling him what to say. Even when they’d be screaming at each other, it was with much love; each was always looking out for the other.”

Nancy loved to cook, garden, read and watch movies but her real talent was giving her time and energy to others. With Sal, she created SJC Concepts, a creative lifestyle enterprise that continues to focus on the Cesarani labels. Nancy served as business development manager, PR director, and runway model coordinator. In addition to being the perfect wife to Sal for 49 years, Nancy was a devoted mother to Lisa, Chris and his wife Rebecca, and a wonderful sister to Marie. Nothing made her happier than spending time with friends and family at their country home in East Hampton.

A viewing will be held today (Thursday) from 2 to 5 P.M. and then again from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joseph G Duffy Funeral Home, 255 9th Street in Brooklyn. The funeral mass will be on Friday Feb 25 at 10 pm at Saint Saviour Catholic Church, 611 Eighth Ave, Brooklyn. Instead of flowers, contributions can be made to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation at

The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support.

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  1. avatarBert Pulitzer says:

    Hi Sal,
    nancy was truly a beautiful person.
    You must be very saddened, and wish for you God’s comfort.

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