Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Cioffi, formerly of Manhattan and Somers, NY passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Ossining, N.Y.
Margaret Mary Herlihy was born in Hoboken, NJ to Pearl Herlihy (Macdonald) and David Herlihy on January 23, 1933. She received a Catholic primary and secondary education, and graduated from College Miseracordia. Dr. Cioffi received her medical training at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, where she married Albert Cioffi. Upon completing her MD, Dr. Cioffi and her husband made their home in Bologna, Italy while Albert completed his medical training at the University of Bologna. The Dr's Cioffi traveled widely in Europe before returning to the States and settling in New York City, where they lived for many years before moving to the Westchester town of Somers, NY.
Margaret practiced clinical psychiatry at Bellevue and St. Luke's/Roosevelt hospitals in Manhattan before opening a private practice with her husband in Yorktown Heights, NY. The last decade of her professional life was spent working with veterans at the VA hospital in Montrose, NY. She often said this was the most important and fulfilling work of her life.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband, Albert; her sister, Kathleen Tovo; and her loving son-in-law, Thomas DiDato. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Herlihy; her brother, Joseph Herlihy; and her four children, Vincent Cioffi, Mary Cioffi, Theresa DiDato, and Margaret Cioffi. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Mitchell Mullen, Jeremiah and Michael Cioffi, Savannah and Gabriel DiDato, and Rose and Karina Cioffi.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bethel Hospice for their care and compassion with special thanks to Sharna and Tess.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Margaret's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 AM in the chapel at Dorsey Funeral Home, 14 Emwilton Place, Ossining, NY. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY