May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 69

Marie Lancia-Sibilla

Marie Lancia-Sibilla, age 69, after a long illness, passed away on Friday 10/17/2008 in New York City, NY.  There will be no viewing. Marie's wish was to be cremated.  A service was held celebrating her life on Friday October 24, 2008 at The First Presbyterian Church in the City Of New York located on Fifth Ave between 11th and 12th streets in downtown NY .


At the start of her career Marie Sibilla worked for the Department of Cell Biology at the Albert Einstein Medical School. Fifteen years later she went back to school to earn her degree in psychology. For the past 30 years she has been a psychotherapist in private practice where she counsels individuals, couples and groups.

Always having been interested in the arts and crafts, she has taken courses throughout her career. She studied art at Parsons, photography at The New School, and worked with master craftsman in ceramics, sewing, sculpting, and papermaking. Vacations often include a stay at an Elderhostel whose arts and craft program are lead by professional artists.

While still maintaining her Manhattan therapy practice, she developed and directed an art program for The Caring Community Senior Center at the First Presbyterian Church on Fifth Avenue. "One of the most exciting things about this program is that many projects extend beyond the center to benefit others.," says Marie, making reference to 'Burgi-Doffs", a project the group participated in. In this project the group comforted sick children in the South Bronx, making dolls, which were given to them when they were admitted to the hospital.

Her work along with the crafts created by the senior center members have been exhibited at several other senior centers, annual citywide senior events, conference centers and Marble Collegiate Church.

A native of New York, Marie lived in Greenwich Village with her husband Joseph, of 38 years. Joseph is a retired psychotherapist and also volunteers at the center where he started the exercise program and teaches a small appliance and lamp repair course.