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Marie V. Nardozza

November 27, 2023

Marie V. Nardozza, 85, of Rome passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2023 in her home with family by her side.

   Marie was born May 6, 1938 in Utica, the daughter of Louis and Palma Viviani. She began her career at Griffiss Air Force Base and took a pause to raise her children. She re-entered the workforce in 1975 as a secretary for the Rome City School District until the year 2000. She retired with 25 years of service to help raise her middle grandchild.

   Marie treasured her family and close friends. She welcomed everyone into her circle with open arms and once you were there, you were family. She was fiercely loyal. Marie’s servant heart revealed itself through selfless support to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was their partner, playmate, coach, best friend, wise consul, and moral compass. Her home was the hub for holidays, gatherings, parties, and countless kitchen table coffee klatches over the years.

   Summers at camp on Oneida Lake brought her tremendous joy. Morning walks, playing cards, rooting for her Bills, Yankees, and Rickey Fowler were a few of her simple pleasures.  Marie’s faith was an integral part of her life and brought her immense joy and comfort. She was blessed with a lifetime of laughter and love.  Her dying wish was to ensure her children, Steve and Palma, never grew apart. They were frequently reminded that she would come back and haunt them if they did. It is safe to say her beautiful spirit can rest easy.

   Marie was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Vincent. She will be sorely missed by her children, Stephen (Maureen) Nardozza and Palma (Michael Schafer); grandchildren Amanda, Noah and Jake; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 210 E. Dominick St., with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio as celebrant.  Calling hours will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the Mass.  Funeral services have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marie’s memory to St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

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