Raffaelina “Lena” Camastra

Raffaelina “Lena” Camastra, 93, of Rome, passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 27, 2019 in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She was born in Staletti, Italy on April 19, 1926. She was the youngest of ten children born to Raffaele and Maria Concetta (Voci) Grillone. She was educated in Italy. She came to the United States in 1948 and was united in marriage to John Camastra in St. John the Baptist Church, a blessed union of 71 years. Lena is survived by her beloved family, her husband John; a daughter Mary Ann, a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Rondy Camastra; a cherished grand-daughter Sherianne Camastra and her partner of 14 years, Brian Boudreau; sisters-in-law, Josephine Feole and Id

Antoinette “Toni” Belmont

Antoinette “Toni” Belmont, 78, of Rome, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born on December 11, 1940 in Rome the daughter of Peter and Rose Tarantino Belmont. She graduated from RFA and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse (RN) and had worked at Rose Hospital. She later was a supervisor for Oneida County Healthcare. Toni was a volunteer for Prison Ministry; belonged to the Altar Rosary Society, was a Eucharistic Minister, Mass lector and a was a member of the Sister of Saint Joseph Associate. She was a recipient of the Bishop Costello Award and the Immaculata Award She was a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church. Toni i

Armando Castro

Armando Castro 94 of Rome, passed away on November 21, 2019 in the Rome Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side after a short illness. He was born on April 11, 1925 in Rome the son of Edmundo and Amalia Gadea Castro. On August 18, 1947, in St. John the Baptist Church, he married Madeline Casalero, a loving union of 35 years. She passed away on April 2, 1983. On October 14, 1994 he married Constance Passante, a blessed union of 25 years. Instead of graduating from high school at the age of 17, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy. He served during WWII and remained a p

Liberty M. Danti

Liberty M. Danti, 90, of Rome, passed away comfortably and peacefully, with her family by her side on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Abraham House in Rome, She was born on October 5, 1929 on McEvoy Ave, Rome, the daughter of Paolino and Argia Marlia Fazzi. She was united in marriage to Renzo “Ray” Danti on October 23, 1954 in St. John the Baptist Church, and they shared a blessed union of 56 years until his passing on June 6, 2010. Liberty was a Teacher’s Assistant in the Rome City School District for over 27 years and also worked summer school helping special needs children. She was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church. Her hobbies included canning tomatoes and peppers, as s

Carol A. Grago

Carol A. Grago, 72, of Rome passed away peacefully on November 18, 2019 in Rome Memorial Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born on May 19, 1947 in Rome the daughter of Edward and Rose Zuber Washeleski. On November 16, 1985 in Rome, she married James Grago, Sr. who passed away on February 20, 2016. She attended Camden Schools. She retired from being a furniture refinisher at Hardens Furniture Company in McConnellsville. Carolis survived by her beloved family, a step-son James (Margaret) Grago, Jr. of NC; cherished grandchildren, James Grago III, Joseph Grago and Jenna (Braiden) Sorgenfrei; great-grandchildren, Joseph Grago, Jr. and Carter Grago; sisters, Eleanor Smith of

Dorothy A. Marks

Dorothy A. Marks, 79, of Rome, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 in the Rome Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 18, 1940 in Rome the daughter of John and Melinda Manchester Sturtevant. She enjoyed shopping, playing games and especially riding on a motorcycle. Dorothy is survived by a daughter Crista (Terry) Jacobson of WI.; a grandson Dakota Jacobson and a very dear friend and domestic partner for 50 years, , Dennis Hayes of Sylvan Beach,; several nieces and nephews especially one special nephew and his wife who took care of her; sisters, Kaaren Randino of Rome and Kathy LaLonde of CT.; brothers, Keith (Laurie) Sturtevant and Kevin (Peggy) Sturtevant of NC. She was predecea

Albert “Butch” Darcangelo

Albert “Butch” Darcangelo, 92, of Rome, passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2019 with his loving family by his side. He was born on March 7, 1927 in Rome, the son of Dominick and Inessa “Inez” Ceresoli Darcangelo. On October 15, 1955 in St. John the Baptist Church he married Josephine DeMatteo, a blessed union of 64 years. He attended Rome Schools. He worked at the Motor Vehicles Pool as a supervisor at GAFB, retiring in 1984. Butch enjoyed gardening and playing the horses. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946, enlisting at the age of 16. He was a member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. He was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church. Butch is surv

Vita “Rita” Vescio

Vita “Rita” Vescio, 88, of Rome passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019 in the Sitrin Health Care Center, New Hartford with her loving family by her side. She was born on July 3, 1931 in Utica the daughter of Joseph Fremento and Rose Fruci.. On October 11, 1950 in Utica she married Peter L. Vescio who passed away on September 7, 2001. She attended schools in Utica including Proctor High School. Rita was a waitress and cook at the Plaza Restaurant for 46 years until her retirement. She was an avid bocce player and enjoyed water aerobics, knitting and dancing. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Rita is survived by her beloved family, a daughter Carla Carter of Nis

Vita M. Provenzano

Vita M. Provenzano, 93, of Rome, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in St. Lukes Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born on October 3, 1926 in Pittston, PA the daughter of Gaetano and Marianna BelCastro Mirisola. On June 12, 1954 in St. Rocco’s Church, Pittston, PA she married John J. Provenzano who passed away on April 16, 2004, two months shy of their 50th Anniversary. Together they had five children whom they loved and were proud of. Vita was a graduate of Pittston High School in 1944 and went to work for the JC Penney Co. until her marriage. She moved to Rome where she worked for the JC Penney Co. on W. Dominick St. In 1974 she went to work for Herb Philipson’s

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.

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