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Michael J. Lado

December 15, 2021

Michael J. Lado, 74, Lee Center, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021 with his loving family by his side after a brief illness.

Mike was born June 21, 1947 the son of William and Dorothy (DelVecchio) Lado. Mike graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Physical Education. He proudly served in the US Army and fought for our country in the Viet Nam War where he was stationed from 1968-70, earning an honorable discharge upon completion of his service.

Mike worked first for Pettibone Corp., where he served as a drafter. He moved on to work in Logistics for the US government at GAFB and then for the Postal Service from where he retired. Mike re-entered the work force where he became an Outside Salesman for 12 years for ACE Hardware, a job he loved before he retired in 2010.

Mike was united in marriage to Deborah Chilluffo on September 21, 2002. Mike’s greatest love was for his two special grandchildren, Raigen McGahey and Anthony Perry. Mike loved going to Anthony’s football games, no matter where they were or what the weather was; he loved hearing Raigen talk about her Clarkson University Chemical Engineering projects, even though he often had no idea what she was talking about. He listened and was so very proud of her. Mike leaves other cherished grandchildren in Ohio: Logan, Layne, Ryland, Liliana, and great-grandson Eion.

Mike’s favorite past time was having coffee with his breakfast buddies, when and where they solved all the world’s problems: Ricky, Angelo, Dominick, Donnie, Stewie, Jeff, and Joe. From there, Mike would go to the Toccolana Club for a game of bocce with his friend, Albert. Weather permitting, Mike ended his day with a round of golf with his friend, Tony Spado.

Mike loved his Terra Bella family, especially Peter and Anissa LaMonica and their two angels whom he adored; Levi and Brielle, along with Peter and Kathy Cania, and Ron and Fran D’Amore.

Mike had many cherished friends and he was always there for them should they have ever needed him: Ricky and MaryJo Fiorini., his dinner and card game special friends John and Roseanne Mastrangelo, and his lifetime friend, Ron Vero. His two high school sweethearts, Linda Marocchi and Alissa Geehan, all of whom he shared many laughs and good times.

Mike loved visits from his two little furry buddies Reese and Maple, who were always excited to see him because they knew he always had treats for them. He also loved trips to Italy which they were very fortunate to do so.

Surviving Mike are his wife, Deb, his sisters, Marijo (Jim) Macadam and Martha (David) Ruffin, and the grandchildren and great grandsons noted above. He is survived by nieces, Michaela (Mark) Cochran and Jaisa (Charlie) Engasser; great-niece Kenzie and great-nephews, Kai, Gage, Roman, and Jones, his brother-in law Joseph(Sharon)Gualtieri and Godson David Fiorini.

Mike’s family is very grateful for the care Mike received at Rome Hospital and especially his nurse, Jen. She did everything possible to keep Mike comfortable during his stay.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 20, 2021, 11:00 a.m. 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.

Relatives and friends may call at St. John the Baptist Church for visitation Sunday, December 19, 2021, from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Mike’s name to Wounded Warriors Project. Envelopes will be available at the church.

All those attending the calling hours and Mass must wear a mask per NYS COVID regulations.

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