Lee, New York - Joseph "Joe" Rollo left this world peacefully after a tough, three year battle with leukemia on March 28, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday (April 3) at 10:00 a.m. at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, Rome, with the Rev. James Tormey officiating. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (April 2) from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 6-8 PM.
A spring burial with full military honors will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery, Route 26, Lee Center, N.Y. at a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, 3282 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 100, Atlanta GA 30327, or at www.jajf.org, the Humane Society of Rome, Inc., 6247 Lamphear Rd., Rome, NY 13440, or to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413.
Joe was born in Geneva, N.Y. on October 31, 1946, a son of Charles V. and Anna Mosier Rollo. He attended Geneva Schools and graduated from Geneva High in 1964. That same year, at age 17, he joined the Air Force and served until 1968. He married Maureen Merkel in July of 1965, and together they had Matthew James.
In December of 1968, Joe began his career with Niagara Mohawk in Rome and retired from the line department in 2002. In 2003, he formed a partnership, R & O Electric, with best friend, Edmund O'Rourke, which lasted almost ten years. Joe served on various boards and community organizations in Rome throughout the years. In November of 1981, he married Marilyn Mondrick, at the First Baptist Church in Rome. They shared a loving lifetime together, enjoying the retirement years and traveling the U.S.
Joe was a great man, positive and no-nonsense, always leading by example. He was a strong union man and always stressed the importance of "buying American." He said what he meant and meant what he said. He was wholesome, strong and healthy throughout most of his life and was proud to have served his country. He prided himself for his strong work ethics and to have had a career as a lineman. He loved his family and was extra proud to become a grandfather of two wonderful boys. Years ago, at age 12, Joe was the bat boy of the Geneva Red Legs, shining shoes for the 25+ players.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Ann-Marie; grandsons, Joseph and Jacob; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Mariano; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Sharon Rollo; a sister-in-law, Cindy Mondrick; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia and James Stewart; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dennis and Teri Mondrick; two brothers-in-law, Nick and Douglas Mondrick; a special aunt, Rose Rollo of Geneva; special cousins, Jiggs and Jeannie Petrucci of Seneca Falls; a special niece, Michele Labigan of Rochester; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins, god children and friends who "know" who they are.
Joe is predeceased by his parents; many special aunts and uncles from the Geneva area; Ann Riecker, who he married in 1975; her son, Michael; father-in-law, Nicholas W. Mondrick, Jr.; and mother-in-law, Laurena M. Rude and her husband, Kenneth; and a special cousin, Jim Moses.
A big "thank you" John Cecere of Geneva, for most recently showing Joe that true friendship and the love they shared never dies. His love, support and sincerity was exemplified to the highest measure and touched Joe beyond words can describe. Joe will be sadly missed by all forever. RIP dear and special one.
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