Dora Celli

Dora Celli, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton, NJ after a brief illness.

She was born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy in 1928 and came to the United States soon after WWII. She quickly learned to speak English and became an expert Dressmaker. In 1952 she married the love of her life, Cosmo Celli and they had 52 happy years together before his death in 2004. They raised their two children in Princeton. Dora worked for many years at Merrick’s, a Women’s Boutique, and was renowned and appreciated for her perfect alterations. She was a great cook, a devoted Church attendee, and loved hosting family gatherings at every holiday and for all special occasions. She was famous for her home made Christmas cookies of many varieties. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her and by her adoring family.


Dora leaves a daughter, Maria Iacono (partner, Billy), and a son, Roberto Celli (Laura), three grandchildren, Marco Iacono (Megan), Ariana Iacono Ferris (Jim), and Carlo Iacono (Monica, fiancée) as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Friday, November 20, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dora’s memory to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or Doctors Without Borders.


Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.