Diana Russitano

Diana Russitano, 67, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at home. She was born on April 9, 1952 in Boise, Idaho a daughter of James and Barbara Grey Higgins. In 1974 in Rome she married Garrett Russitano, a marriage of 30 Years. Diana was co-owner and operator of Thrifty Kwik Change for 20 years. Diana was a great cook/baker. Diana is survived by her loving family, two daughters, Corie Russitano and Danielle Russitano; four sons; James (Christel) Russitano, Garrett Russitano, Mark Russitano and Christopher Russitano; cherished grandchildren, Jenna, Laila, Dominick, Olivia, Jason, Layton, Willow, Phaedra, Cristian, Jackson, Luca and Roman and a sister Joan Hauflin. She had two frie

Kelli J. O’Brien

Kelli J. O’Brien, 43, of Camden passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 in North Dakota. She was born on July 17, 1975 in Rome the daughter of Bruce and Jeanie O’Brien. She was a graduate of RFA. Kelli is survived by her mother Jeanie; a special companion Jeffery Simmons; a daughter Brianna Watkins of Rome; sons, Daniel “Chris” O’Brien, Louis Watkins and Trevon Watkins; cherished grandchildren, Jason O’Brien and Adelynn O’Brien; a sister Lori O’Brien of Rome and a brother Chris O’Brien. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St. Burial will be on Thursday at 9 a.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden.

Mark A. McGowan

Mark A. McGowan, 61, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 with his loving family by his side. He was born on November 4, 1957 the son of Francis and Mary Magnanti McGowan. He married Marilyn Dellork and had a blessed union for over 40 years. He was a graduate of RFA. Mark worked as a correctional officer at Midstate Correction Facility. Mark is survived by his beloved family, his wife Marilyn; sons, Stephen (Tina) McGowan and Mark (Ann) McGowan; granddaughters, Kylie, Liz and Allison; sisters, Mary Beth McGowan and Patricia (Bill) Baumeister; a brother John McGowan; special sister-in-law Carol Brawdy; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, in-laws Frank and Mary

David A. Hilts

David A. Hilts, 67, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at home. He was born on February 4, 1952 in Dolgeville, NY the son of William and Cecelia Lynch Hilts. On November 28, 1980 at St. John the Baptist Church he married Lucille Spado, a blessed union of 39 years. He was a graduate of Dolgeville Schools. He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1980. Dave was an Officer and member of the Galliano Club where he served as secretary, and a member of the Toccolana Club and the DAV. He was an avid Bocce player, known as the “Hit- Man”, and played in many tournaments. In June 2008, Dave was inducted into the Dolgeville Football Hall of Fame. Dave is survived by his belo

Emilio G. (Bud) Renzi

Emilio G. (Bud) Renzi, 74, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at home. He was born on November 4, 1944 in Buffalo the son of Emilio J. Renzi. On December 27, 1975 in St. John the Baptist Church he married Madeline A. Franchino, a blessed union of 44 years. Bud was a history teacher at RFA for 34 years (1966-2000). He then worked for Eckerd Pharmacy as a pharmacy cashier and All State Insurance Agency for 7 years. He was involved in the Rome Girls Softball League as the league treasurer and a coach for many years. He belonged to the NYS Retired Teacher’s Assn., the Rome Teachers Assn. as the treasurer for many years and was a member of the Toccolana club. He was a parishioner of

Mary J. Domenico

Mary J. Domenico, 94, of Rome, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 18, 2019. She was the last surviving child of Julius and Mary DeSimone. On September 3, 1945 she married Calvin Domenico, Sr., a blessed union till his death in 1995. She was a woman of great faith. She loved people and was a successful business woman, an exceptional cook and had a flair for decorating. She will be sorely missed. Mary leaves behind a daughter Kathy (Bob) Bilyo of Rome; daughter-in-law, Nancy Domenico of Sarasota, Fl.; grandchildren, Robert Bilyo, Jr., Kimberly (Ron) Moskal, Aimee (Dan) Hall, Calvin (Jamie) Domenico, III; and five cherished great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son Calvin Domeni

Patricia M. Daniello

Patricia M. Daniello, 81, of Rome, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born on November 21, 1937 in Rome the daughter of John and Marjorie Sawyer Major. On July 16, 1959 in St. John the Baptist Church she married Nick Daniello,Jr. who passed away on November 18, 2007. She was a graduate of RFA. Patricia had worked as a clerk typist for the Rome City School District retiring in 2003. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting and was a member of the Jervis Library Association. Her favorite saying was “Be Nice”. Patricia is survived by her beloved family, daughters Diann Daniello, Beth (Nick) Doria and Julie (Bill) Howard; a son Mark (Debbie) Daniello; cher

Edward M. Barone, Jr.

Edward M. Barone, Jr., 67, of Rome, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 in the Rome Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 8, 1952 in Rome a son of Edward M. and Doris Merritt Barone, Sr. On January 11, 1992 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rome, he married Georgia Blanchard, a blessed union of 27 years. He was a graduate of RFA. He had worked for 47 years as a machinist at Revere Copper and Brass, Inc. retiring in 2013. He was an avid sports fan, especially the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. Edward is survived by his beloved family, his mother Doris; his wife Georgia; a special daughter April (Mark); three sons Eddie (Trisha), Rodney (Erica) and Mickey (Jessica); ten cherished grandchildr

Mary Petrucci

Mary Petrucci, 90, of Rome, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Sunday, May 5, 2019. She was born on October 21, 1928 in Rome the daughter of Anthony and Angeline (DeSalvo) Calandra. On July 26, 1952 in St. John the Baptist Church she married the love of her life Vincent D. Petrucci, a blessed union of 67 years. Together they raised five children. Mary was a graduate of RFA, class of 1946 and State University of Albany in 1950 and held a Master’s Degree. She taught Spanish and English for many years at RFA, retiring in 1993. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, traveling, gardening and shopping. Mary belonged to the Wednesday Morning Club, the American U

John L. Calicchia

John L. Calicchia, 96, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in the Rome Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 11, 1923 in Rome, the son of Francesco and Matilda Calicchia. He was married to Anne T. Valloze, a blessed union until her passing in 1996. He graduated from Rome Trade School, and worked for the war effort at General Cable, after studies, on the 8 to midnight shift. Post-graduation he proudly served in the US Navy with the Seabees, where he was in the Asian and European Theatres during WW II. He went on to college in Indiana, graduating with an engineering degree. While a field rep for various companies, driving to assignments, seeing sports and cultural events after

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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