We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at James R. Gray Funeral Home
Merle Ella Storelli gained her wings on December 26, 2021 at age 80, with her daughters by her side.
Predeceased by her daughter Mary Jane Monachino, her husband of 57 years, Emil Storelli, as well as numerous beloved pets that have given our family infinite joy and happiness. Survived by her daughters Sherry Sweet (Bill), Cindy Storelli, Lisa Barcellona (Sam) and Annemarie Storelli, along with son-in-law Joe Monachino (Karen); grandchildren Laurel Carey, Michael W. Carey (Kaitlin), Matthew Barcellona, Nicholas Barcellona, Rosie Roberson (Chris) and Christina Monachino (Dan Mark); and great grandchildren Brianna Carey, Talen Carey, Alivia Hudson, Noelle Roberson, Rilee Carey, Rory Roberson and Michael R. Carey. Also, her current cats Livvy and Bum Bum.
Mom’s two greatest loves in life were her family, and animals. She was passionate about caring for all animals and rescued many throughout her life. She would tell you she loved animals more than most people.
Mom drove a school bus for many years for BOCES and made wonderful friends that she enjoyed playing mah-jongg with for the past few years.
Everyone will remember mom for her feisty personality. She was outgoing and would talk to anyone about anything. She loved discussing politics and would do so at the drop of a hat. She was kind to everyone, and was always thinking of others before herself.
A Graveside Service at Rushville Cemetery in Rushville, NY will be held in the late spring/early summer. Details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please consider doing a random act of kindness in Mom’s memory or make a donation to an animal support or rescue agency.