Celebrating the life of

Nora Theresa Corrado

February 02, 1936 - July 22, 2021

Nora Theresa Corrado

Nora Theresa Corrado

“Empress Nora”


Our beautiful, kind, fun-loving mother, the “Empress” Nora Corrado, died peacefully on July 22, 2021, in Savannah, GA at 85 years young. 

She responded to other names like “Mom” and “Nana”.  But the nickname, given by her adoring, equally cool husband Sylvester, became an inside-joke. She behaved like royalty, and we poked fun at her for it.

Born in Astoria, NY to Thomas and Elizabeth Hickey, she raised her large family in West Islip, NY, moved south to Jupiter, FL to relax, and spent her final years near her grandchildren in Savannah.

Nora possessed a rare compassionate spirit that elevated your heart and made even her acquaintances feel more positive about their day. She valued attributes like behaving with class, acting from love, accomplishing your goals, and being a person of quality in your community. She had an adventurous nature that got us into comedic situations, and a sprinkle of naughty Irish humor that made us crack up laughing. She passed these attributes on to her children and grandchildren. We will still strive to make her proud. We’re sure she is.

She is predeceased by her wonderful husband, Syl, and her first husband, our father, Dr. Rudolph Fabrizio.

She is survived by her beloved dog, Daisy;  daughter, Donna Dubois and husband, Brent; daughter, Elizabeth Fabrizio; daughter, Noreen Ehrlich; son, Steve Fabrizio and wife, Adrienne; son, Christopher Fabrizio and fiancé, Julianna Amponsah; stepdaughter, Jane Westervelt and husband, John; stepson, Robert Corrado and wife, Eileen; grandchildren, Steven and Ryan Fabrizio, Brock and Braedon Dubois, and Gavin Fabrizio; step grandchildren, Virginia, Peter, David, Christine, and Robby; brother, Michael Hickey and wife, Anne; brother, Tom and wife, Marie; sister-in-law, Peggy Hickey, and sister, Kathleen Drew.

It must have been the “luck of the Irish” that we were blessed with such an exceptional Mother. She would certainly say so. We’ll miss you Empress.

Memorials can be made to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah at:



Yes, Nora was one of a kind, sweet, fun loving with a infectious laugh which you all inherited. Lots of fond memories, she will be sorely missed. My prayers and love are with you all.

- Peggy Hickey, Phoenix, AZ

This was a beautiful obituary. I am so happy that I got to know Nora and share some fun family times with her. Empress was a fitting nickname for her❤️

- Lydia Barton, Savannah , Ga

This tribute describes her spirit so well. We always loved spending time with “Momma Nora” at our extended family functions and will miss her dearly. She was the center of every social gathering she ever attended while at the same time, taking a genuine interest to know was happening in our lives. Our prayers are with the entire family for peace and beautiful memories. Much love. - Padgett, Angie, Emma West and Barton

- The Mixons , Savannah , Georgia

I wanted to send my deepest condolences. Nana Nora was a sweet and kind person with an infectious laugh. I enjoyed spending time with her and getting to know her. I loved her and we certainly had some fun times as my brother and I were growing up. I knew her from the day I was born, up until she attended my wedding in 2011, which is unfortunately the last time I saw her. I will miss Nana but know that she is in a better place.

- Christine Esposito (nee Corrado), Churchville, PA

Very nice and very true. We will all miss her and her wonderful laugh.

- Jane Westervelt, Demarest, NJ

I am Eileen Corrado’ sister, and Chris and Robbie Corrado’s aunt. My parents, Ceil and Irv Johnson, along with Syl and Nora, shared quite a few adventures. The four of them, together, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company along with sharing their two grandchildren. Sometimes they would find themselves in the middle of their own mischief. Nora was well-known and highly-regarded in Babylon Village in her real estate position. We sat with Nora at Christine’s wedding - she was very comforting as she said she felt our late, dear mother’s presence within all of the wedding festivities. Nora was a very sophisticated woman who had a loving way about her. She also had a deep compassion for people. My sister kept In touch with Nora and always shared that news with me. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, and the loss of our beloved Nora. Rest well our dear Nora.

- Judith and Richard Francis, Babylon, Ny

A candle has been lit!

We will miss her today, tomorrow and evermore.

- Michael & Anne Hickey, Salt Lake, UT

This tribute captures the fun and spirt of my wonderful Aunt Nora! I loved spending my summers in West Islip. I loved that she would tell me great stories about when my dad, aunts and uncles were all kids living in Astoria. She told me some real great stories that I would never have known such as my dad destroying a piggy bank with fire crackers. I have some many memories of Aunt Nora taking us to the beach and movies. Happy and super funny. I will miss her laugh, her sense of humor and extreme kindness!

- Jim Hickey, San Carlos, CA

Empress Nora aunt Nora you are loved and will be sorely missed. Thank you for being so welcoming and loving. My childhood has great memories many of which are with you.❤️❤️

- Dianne Duffy, Ringwood, NJ

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel