Obituary: Anita Cilli, 87

Anita Cilli

Former Sag Harbor resident Anita Cilli passed away at Heritage Creek Assisted Living facility in San Antonio, Texas on February 3. Anita was 87 years old.

Anita was born in Flushing, Queens, and moved to Sag Harbor after marrying Sag Harbor native John Cilli. Anita worked initially as a teacher, then in the Sag Harbor Savings Bank, and in recent years she worked as a volunteer in the Dominican Sisters’ Thrift Shop in Sag Harbor. Anita enjoyed playing clarinet in the Sag Harbor Community Band and is famous for making pumpkin bread and crocheted hangers, giving away hundreds of hangers to friends and relatives over the years.

Anita was predeceased by her husband John and is survived by daughters Karen Sperling and husband Ray of Sag Harbor, Beth Castor and husband Ed of Texas, and Janet Christiansen and husband JC of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Nicholas, Emily and Rebecca Castor, and Kathryn and Sarah Christiansen; a step-granddaughter, Diana Morana and husband Dominick; and a step-great-grandchild, Dominick Morana. Anita is also survived by a sister, Ruthie, and a brother, Charlie; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Alfred. 

A funeral will be held in Sag Harbor in the spring or summer. Please send an e-mail to if you are interested in attending the funeral. Interment will be at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sag Harbor Community Band, c/o PO Box 1925, Bridgehampton NY 11932.