Palma Jean Tabacco (nee Sylvestri) passed away peacefully following her battle with AML in the early hours of April 24th, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving husband Tony Tabacco of 51 years and her adoring children, Anthony J. Tabacco, Todd J.Tabacco and Taryn Jean Branca.
Palma Jean was born in Yonkers, New York on December 28th, 1945 to Anthony and Mollie (nee D'Anna) Sylvestri . After marrying Tony, they raised their children in North Salem, NY for 47 years before retiring to their wonderful community in Sandy Hook, CT where they quickly built a beautiful circle of friends who became family.
In addition to her husband, Palma Jean is survived by 2 sons; Anthony J.Tabacco (Claudine) and Todd J.Tabacco (Meredith); and a daughter Taryn Branca (Frank); her pride and joy grandchildren-Luke Anthony Tabacco (16), Cole James Tabacco (13), Frank Anthony Branca (12),Zack Julian Tabacco (12), Charlize Addison & Talia Joy Tabacco (11), Matthew Jack Branca (10), Tatum Grace Tabacco (10), Anthony James Tabacco (6) and Amalia Mae Branca (5). Grandma Palma liked to include middle names when talking to or about her grandchildren- and as her grandchildren can all recite, Grandma Palma did not like waste. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life, and they will all carry on her legacy.
She is predeceased by her brother Anthony "Junior" Sylvestri, and continued her loving relationships with her siblings Dominick "Dee", Sylvestri, Ronald Sylvestri and Tonia Taylor. She is remembered fondly by her many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Palma Jean was the kind of grandmother that you read about in story books. There was not a game or event she missed for any of her 10 grandchildren-even if that meant she and Tony were traveling all over the state in one day. She let them all know on a daily basis how special they were to her and how much she loved them. There is a void in our lives that will never be filled, but the memories she created will keep us going. No one spread more love in a lifetime than Palma Jean.
Anyone who knew Palma Jean understood immediately what a special person she was. Her heart was generous and kind, and she always had a smile on her face. She would greet you with a ‘How are you doll”, a “Hi sweetie” or a "Hey babe" and you immediately felt her warmth shine upon you. Her family and friends will always remember her saying "call me when you get home", "it is what it is", "not for nothin", "helloooooo" and "oh how we laughed".
Palma Jean loved watching the Yankees, the Young & The Restless and especially watching "Ridge" (Thorsten Kaye) from The Bold and the Beautiful with her husband Tony. You could always find her with her French Vanilla Dunkin' Donuts coffee (cream only) and wearing a themed t-shirt which she always ironed. Palma Jean was always ready for a party, she and her husband Tony were lovingly labeled "best dancers" many years ago, a wine "spritza" always in her hand.
Calling hours for Palma Jean will be held Thursday, April 29th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Honan Funeral Home located at 58 Main Street, Newtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Friday morning, April 30th at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road Newtown. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery, 20 Cherry Street, Sandy Hook CT.