Domenica Cianci was born on May 25,1926 in the town of Fiumara in Calabria, Italy to her proud parents, Rocco and Marianna Barberi. The youngest of four siblings Antonio, Vincenzo, and Rosina Domenica married Anthony Cianci on December 28,1947 in her hometown before emigrating to the United States. A devout Catholic, she is survived by her five children, Luigi Cianci, Maria Harlow, Rocco Cianci, Marianne Sganga, and Joseph Cianci. The matriarch of the Cianci family, Domenica was the favorite mother-in-law of Paul Harlow, Fred Sganga, and Diane Cianci; loving grandmother to Allison, Michelle, Christine, Danielle, and Nicole; proud great-grandmother to Isabella, Frank, Logan, and Peyton. Known by her friends and family as Mimma, the avid card player and talented seamstress routinely showered her loved ones with her homemade Italian cooking, including her famous Christmastime zeppoli. Adored by all who knew her, she is now reunited with her husband Tony, who pre-deceased her in 1988. She will be missed dearly.

Visiting will be Tuesday from 8:30am to 10:30am at John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home, 1121 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 11am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1703 Lurting Avenue, Bronx. Entombment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.



  1. Judy & Kevin Spiegel on May 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    She was wonderful, always with her family whom she loved very much. Can see her cooking in the Sganga kitchen…

    She will be missed!!

  2. John and Monica Sganga on May 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you Mimma for your friendship and caring. You’ve been a constant kind and gentle soul who has touched our family’s lives and hearts. You were always ready with a kind word, interest in our happenings or a gentle piece of advice. You have been a dear friend to Angela & Fred who will keenly miss their daily phone connection with you. Thank you for being an extra grandma to our children and for the zeppoli and struffoli and all the other delicious food that was always offered. Thank you for being the sweet Mimma that you were to all of us.

  3. Fein Family on May 29, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Mimma was in fact a grandma and surrogate “mom” to many including my family. She will be sorely missed…from her constant smile, to her love, caring and kindness to all she encountered. She truly was one of a kind. Her beloved and sincere nickname to some…
    “secret weapon”…was very appropot. She was quietly the matriarch and voice of reason. The go to person…
    May her memory be for a blessing. Rest in peace Mimma, together again with your beloved.

  4. Barbara Feder-Murdock & Zachary Murdock on May 30, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    It is said that, when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. The Cianci family is rich with sweet and loving memories of their Mimma. We are blessed with memories of Mimma as well. We will remember her genuine warmth and her welcoming of newcomers to the family’s gatherings, making sure we had enough to eat — and always encouraging us to have more. We will remember that her love and care for her family was parmamount, with her concern for their well-being ever present. And, of course, we will remember the honor of being asked to sing at her 85th birthday: “Al di la del mare piu profundo, ci sei tu; al di la de i limiti del mondo, ci sei tu; al di la della volta infinita, al di la della vita, ci sei tu.” (Beyond the deepest sea, there is you; beyond the edges of the world, there is you; beyond infinity, beyond life, there is you.)

  5. Carolyn Christ on June 1, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a beautiful woman who raised an amazing family. Heaven has truly gained another angel. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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