Anthony J. “Tony” Fragapane, 80, of Rome, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 15, 2014, with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on August 14, 1933 in Rome a son of Joseph and Mary Genovese Fragapane. He attended Rome Schools. Anthony proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957. On June 1, 1957 he married Rosemarie Stanizzi, a blessed union of 56 years.
He was employed with Pettibone Corporation for many years retiring in 1982. In 1983 he began his second career as a Family Court Attendant for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, a job he loved and was passionate about, retiring in 2010. Anthony was a devout catholic and a member of St. John the Baptist Church, a Eucharistic Minister for 25 years, a member of the Men’s club at church, and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. His hobbies included woodworking and taking bus trips with his wife.
Anthony is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Rosemarie, two daughters and sons-in-law; Lori and Jeffrey Gilbert and Shelley and Joseph Rotolo; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Joseph Fragapane of Rome, Anthony Fragapane of LeRoy, NY, David and Carrie Fragapane and Frank and Leigh Fragapane, all of Rome; eight cherished grandchildren, Michael and Melissa Gilbert, Jack and Joelle Rotolo, Michaela Mesiti, Allison, Alexis and Alanna Fragapane; three sisters, Josephine Marullo, Rosemarie Campau and Marie Mitchell; a brother and sister-in-law, Salvatore and Sylvia Fragapane; his in-laws, Theresa Mecca, Robert and Josephine Janes, Ron and Mary Symanski, Alan and Jeanette Trombley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank Dr. Coyle and staff, Dr. Talerico and staff, Dr. Schicker and staff and the staff at Hospice & Palliative Care for their care and compassion during Anthony’s illness.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 11:00 in St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio as celebrant. Military Honors will be at the Chapel of St. John’s Cemetery directly after Mass.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Anthony’s memory to St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.