Gregory “Lindy” Voci

Gregory “Lindy” Voci,92, of Rome, passed away on Monday December 19, 2016 in the Rome Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born in Rome the son of Gregory and Marianna Procopio. On May 19, 1960 he married Assunta “Sue” Ciccotti. She passed away on November 28, 1990. He was a graduate of RFA. Gregory was a decorated combat veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He served in both the Navy and the Air Force, retiring after a 28 year military career. He was an avid bowler and golfer and is in the Rome Bowling Hall of Fame and enjoyed going to the Casino. He was a member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the Toccolana Club and the American Legion. Lindy is survive

Roy J. Merchant

Roy J. Merchant, 79, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in St. Luke’s Hospital, New Hartford. He was born on July 19, 1937 in Floyd the son of Alvin and Kathleen Hopkins Merchant. On September 4, 1961 he married Theresa Coonrod. She passed away in 2009.He attended Holland Patent schools. He was a plant foreman for DairyLee retiring in 1988. He enjoyed car shows and fishing. Roy is survived by his beloved family, three daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Francis DeLong of Rome, Patti and Scott Miller of FL and Tammy and Eric Clark of Rome; grandchildren, Bobby Jo (Pete) Viola, Darren (Penny) Zbiegien, James (Ammie) Miller, Alycia Duffield, Erin (Paul) Champman-Crook, Aly

Helen M. Ceci Valvo

Helen M. Ceci Valvo, 83, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at home with her loving family by her side. She was born in Rome on August 10, 1933 to Joseph and Elvira Tofani Ceci. On January 14, 1956 in St. John the Baptist Church she married Dr. Joseph A. Valvo who passed away on March 13, 1992. She was a graduate of RFA, class of 1951. She had worked as a secretary at Griffiss Air Force Base and later for many years as the office manager in her husband’s medical practice. In 1986 she and her husband retired to Pinehurst, NC to enjoy leisure time and golfing. She returned to Rome following her husband’s death. Helen was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Socie

Theresa V. Vecchio

Theresa V. Vecchio, 99, of Rome and Florida, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 in Florida. She was born in Rome on August 20, 1917 the daughter of Louis and Pasqualine Amoroso Voci. She was married in Rome to Ned Vecchio who passed away in 1995. She was a sales clerk and worked in many retail stores in Rome. She enjoyed knitting and was an avid water and snow skier. While in Rome she was a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Theresa is survived by a brother Joseph Voci of OK; a brother-in-law, Sal Biondi of FL and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers, Mario Voci and Frank Voci and three sisters, Sandina Biondi, Catherine McMillan and Connie Biond

You can shed tears that I am gone
or you can smile because I have lived
You can close your eyes and pray that I’ll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that I have left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see me
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of my yesterday
You can remember me and only that I am gone
or you can cherish my memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what I would want
smile,
open your eyes,
love
and go on.

 rmb

                                    

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