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Gayle D. Bottini



  Gayle D. Bottini, 86, followed the Lord home on Friday, December 22, 2023.

   Gayle was born on September 1, 1937 in Utica to Betty Pecci and Ralph Dahn.  Having lost her father before the age of 2, Gayle and her sisters, Pat, Betty Lou, and Karen, were raised by the fortitude and determination of her mother.  Gayle grew up in Oneida and graduated Oneida High School, and went on to beauty school. She later started La Petite Beauty Lounge with her mother Betty Pecci, which she owned and operated for 40+yrs.

   In 1958 she met the love of her life, and the life of every party, Nicholas J. Bottini (little Nick), proving that opposites do attract!   They were married on May 23, 1959, a marriage that produced two sons, Kevin and Nick; a marriage that was strong enough to survive raising those two sons through their teenage years in the 70s!  Gayle stayed married to Nick right up to the day she died, even though she lost her husband to cancer on December 22, 1985.  It was fitting that Gayle re-joined her husband on the 38th anniversary of his death.  God must be an incurable romantic too.

   Gayle was a woman of quiet strength, faith, and independence, who continued to operate her business and live on her own through all her years of widowhood, while still caring for her parents and continuing to be there for her sons as well as Gramma to all her grandchildren.

   Gayle is survived by her son Kevin and his wife Tina Marie and their children Christopher, Steven, Andrew and his wife Allison, and Sarah; her former daughter- in-law Sylvia Bottini and her children Marissa and Julia; her adopted daughter-in-law Deina and her sons Ryan and Kyle; and her great-grandson Brayden Bottini.  She is also survived by her sister Betty Lou Hayes and her brother Louis Pecci; her special life-long friend Marta Ohara, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.

   She was predeceased by her beloved husband Nick, her father Ralph Dahn, her mother and step-father Betty and Charlie Pecci, her sisters Pat Bender and Karen Patterson, and to her great heartache, her son Nick.

   The family would like to thank the folks at The Grand at Rome for their compassionate care these past few weeks, and especially to Gayle’s niece Lisa and her husband Norm, for their love and devotion to Gayle as she journeyed home.

   Per Gayle’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services, and she will be interred next to her husband at St. John's Cemetery in the spring.  The family may hold a celebration of life at that time.  Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo Street.


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