On September 26th, 2020 our beloved father, grandfather, and the patriarch of the Conestabile Family, Domenico Conestabile, peacefully took his last breath in the comfort of the caring ICU nurses at Rome Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 27, 1921 in Staletti’, Italy, the son of the late Antonio and Maria Iannone Conestabile. On October 4th, 1959 he married Serafina Megna, a blessed union of 59 years until Serafina’s passing on December 28th, 2018.
Domenico was most proud of his many Catholic community affiliations in his hometown of Staletti’. As a teen he volunteered for the Democrazia Cristiana (Christian Democracy for Teens). He was also heavily involved as a Third Order Franciscan, which led him to the calling of studying in the seminary in the Dioceses of Squillace. After six years of study, he developed a deep affection for politics and left the seminary to pursue political endeavors. He associated himself with Fascist Party, led by Mussolini. His most successful political employment was working side by side with the Mayors of Staletti’ and the Province of Catanzaro. He continued his political career until May of 1963, when he immigrated to the United States with his family. Upon immigration to the United States, Domenico went to work at the Joseph & Feiss Company in Utica, NY, as a clothier presser.
As his pride for the United States grew, Domenico and his family became American citizens in 1968 and his passion for US politics continued to grow with the Democratic Party.
Domenico is survived by his loving family that will miss his presence immensely. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Assunta (Sue) Conestabile and a daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Dale Ackerman. He also leaves behind his six grandchildren, who he had an active role in their upbringing. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and upon his retirement, he found great joy in taking his grandkids to school in the morning, never denying them of any extra treats, and telling them the numerous stories about his time working for the Fascist Party in Italy. In his later years, his three great grandchildren always put a smile on his face when they would visit their “Big Nonno”. His grandchildren include Sarah Conestabile, Andrea Conestabile-Gilberti, Jacqueline Ackerman, Alex Ackerman, Joseph Ackerman and Mark Ackerman. His Great grandchildren include Ava and Leo Gilberti and Alayah Arensman-Ackerman. He also leaves behind a sister, Antoinette (Emanuela) Viscomi and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, who he spoke fondly of and loved to share a glass of wine or a cup of coffee with whenever they visited him.
As he left this earth for his heavenly destination, he was greeted with open arms by our Lord and loved ones who have passed before him. He joins his brothers and their spouses, Rocco and Jenny Conestabile and John and Romana Conestabile. His sister and her spouse, Bettina and Antonio Aiello; as well as a brother-in-law, Ralph Viscomi. We are certain that our Aunt Romana prepared a wonderful welcoming feast for him.
Our family would like to thank the caring and compassionate nurses and doctors that took care of our father and grandfather in his final days at Rome Memorial Hospital, especially Tina and Celeste.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Thursday, October 1st at 12 noon at St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio as celebrant. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours. Masks must be worn in church.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.