Lydia Rose (Salvia) Peluso

September 17, 2020


Our beloved mother, Lydia Rose Peluso of Newark, DE, formerly of Brooklyn, NY passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Suzanne Ambrosino and husband Michael, Daniel Peluso and Marie (Carmen) Peluso of Newark, DE; grandchildren: Gabrielle, Victoria and Joseph Ambrosino of Newark, DE, Jacob and Joshua Peluso-Vargas of Newark, DE; Sisters: Anita Weston of Hightstown, NJ, Barbara Avenarius of Saratoga Springs, NY and Marilyn Hediger of Loveland CO, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Lydia grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 1957.  After high school one of the jobs she had was as a statistical typist at the AICPA in New York City, NY.  After that she became a homemaker and raised four children.  During the same time she was a foster mother to over 35 children, most of them infants and children under the age of 2 years old.  In 1979 she was named, “Mother of the Year”, by the foster agency that employed her.  During the ceremony celebrating this achievement, New York Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt presented her with a plaque honoring her for her hard work and devotion to the children she fostered.

She was always an active member in the church.  First, teaching Sunday school at Flatlands’ Dutch Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY and then working on the prayer hotline for CBN’S “700 Club”.  She was a member of Brooklyn’s Calvary Tabernacle and then at the International Christian Center in Staten Island, NY. Most recently, before moving to Delaware, she was a member of the “Gateway City Church” in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and was close friends with both Pastors Theresa and Roger McPhail.

Lydia was Italian-American and both of her parents were immigrants from Castellammare Del Golfo in Sicily. In 1983, she got to travel to Italy.  It was a trip of a lifetime and it increased her love of all things Italian, especially the language.  Though she understood Italian better than she spoke it, her love for the language brought her back to school in her 50’s and she studied Italian at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Peter Peluso; son, Peter Peluso Jr.; and her parents: Joseph and Mary Salvia. 

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