On August 1, 2017, Rebecca ‘Becky’ K. Addona was called to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family.
There will be no prior calling hours. A Service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday (August 12, 2107) at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva.
Becky was born on December 22, 1943 in Canandaigua, N.Y. to Jason and Helen Kipp. She married Carmen Donald Addona on July 2, 1965. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, loving wife and loyal friend who will be deeply missed. One can only assume that things were not running well in Heaven, and God needed an organizer. Becky attended Geneva City Schools and graduated from Keuka College as an elementary school teacher. She began teaching ion Buffalo, N.Y. while her husband studied at the Buffalo School of Dentistry. Becky taught in Bangor, Maine, before teaching in Romulus, N.Y. and then Geneva, N.Y., where she headed the Project Promise program and eventually the Enrichment Program. Her classroom was always a meeting place for teachers and they would always find a jar of candy to help relax and discuss problems of the day. Her favorite slogan was “you get more with honey than with vinegar”. Although she was busy teaching, her number one priority was her family. Anyone who has met her children knows that she did a wonderful job. Over the years, Becky was involved in many community clubs and organizations: co-chaired the Hospital follies to raise money for the hospital, was active in the Historical Society, P.E.O., Art Club, book group, Finger Lakes Investment Club, and the Red Shoes. Becky believed in our country and was proud to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). All of these clubs and organizations benefited from her organizational skills. Becky loved flowers. She enjoyed doing arrangements for the Tour of Homes, and elsewhere. These beautiful works of art were enjoyed by all. Her flower garden was her pride and joy and was there for anyone who needed flowers for their garden. Some of her favorites were orchids, peonies, and hydrangeas, which were evident around the house. Her family takes great comfort in knowing she received excellent medical care throughout her illness. She always had family by her side and they know she will be keeping an eye on them from above. Having been a teacher of gifted and talented students for many years, Becky had a passion for children and a mission that teachers employ “many varied and unusual ways” to teach ALL children, while providing students at every level with exciting and challenging classroom experiences. The Becky Addona TLC Grant will seek to continue her work by providing support for teachers pursuing innovative ways to Teach, Learn, and Create with their students. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help us establish this new grant program.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. C. Donald Addona of Geneva; daughters Lauren (Michael) Romero of Ill., Kristin (Daniel) Pontes of Fla; son, Mark (Heather) Addona of Ga.; grandchildren Mike and Andrea Romero, Grace and Lawson Pontes; grand-dog, Suzy Addona; her mother, Helen Kipp of Geneva; sister, Judith Heath; brother, Jason “Jack” (Kathy) Kipp III; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Jason H Kipp Jr.