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Florence S. Gotti

January 12, 2021

Florence Susan Gotti, 92, of Bainbridge, formerly of Beavercreek, passed away Tuesday morning, January 12, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, following an extended battle with dementia.

She was born April 20, 1928, in Rome, New York, daughter of the late Albert and Angeline (Uvanni) Spadafora. On March 21, 1951, she married Joseph Louis Gotti, and they shared nearly 46 years of marriage before his passing in 1997.

Surviving are her three daughters, Susan (Doug) Broyles, of Bainbridge, Sharon (Greg Nelson) Jenkins, of Beavercreek, and Cathy Gotti, of Miamisburg; grandchildren, Melissa (John) Cropper, of Bainbridge, Michael (Kathy) Broyles, of Dayton, Brian (Emily) Broyles, of Yellow Springs, and Sarah Back, of Beavercreek; as well as 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her 2 sisters and 1 brother.

Florence was always “on the go.” Be it shopping, playing cards, cooking wonderful Italian dishes, traveling both in the US and Europe, visiting friends, or going to the beach in Florida. Her last trip to Florida was in 2019. Even at 91, she was able to enjoy going swimming in the ocean. She was known affectionately by her great-grandkids as “Big Grandma”. When her husband was alive, Florence and Joe would make their Sunday rounds and bring their kids and grandkids donuts which they all looked forward to and enjoyed.

Besides being a Mother of three and taking care of her home, Florence worked almost all of her adult life in several doctors’ offices. She didn’t just answer the phone and schedule appointments; she managed the entire office; scheduling and prioritizing patients, pulling their charts, and everything in between. She cheerfully greeted patients, took their vitals, and assisted the doctor with all in-office procedures including giving shots, drawing blood, minor surgeries, etc. She filled out insurance forms, and did anything else required to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. Early in her career while working for a doctor who did home births, she delivered babies twice for pregnant patients when the doctor didn’t arrive in time. Every doctor she worked for loved her, and she truly loved her job as an excellent medical assistant and office manager. For many years, she worked side-by-side with her close friend Kathy Bard.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Melissa Cropper (Florence’s Granddaughter) and her family for the excellent care and support they gave Florence over the last three years as dementia slowly took over her mind. They would also like to thank Linda Emmons, Anna Fairchild, and Emily Fox who assisted with her care.

In accordance with her wishes, Florence will return to Rome, New York, where private graveside services will be held and she will be reunited with her beloved husband, Joseph.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo Street, Rome NY.


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