Obituary of Genevieve J. Bertolone
Genevieve passed peacefully on July 9, 2018 at the age of 89. Known as Jean or Jenny by family and friends, she was a bright light to all who knew her. Even though she joins her husband and two sons her family will miss her tremendously. She is predeceased by her husband, Vincent A. Sr.; sons, Vincent A. Jr. & Thomas J Bertolone; parents Joseph & Rachel LaRocca; siblings, Lucy Skillaci, Mickey Fantauzzo, Angelina O'Hara, Christina King, Charlie, Eddie, Joe & Louie LaRocca. She is survived by her children, Jim (Iris) Bertolone & Theresa (Peter Burnett) Bertolone; daughter-in-law Pam Jakus Bertolone; grandchildren, Raphael Morales, David, Vincent E., Jacqueline, Matthew Bertolone & Christina Burnett; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tyler, Adriel Genevieve & Luke; siblings, Rose Benham, Mary Cucinotti, Elizabeth (Jim) Toohey, Virginia Pascarella, Julia Szymkuc, Paul (Josephine) LaRocca; uncle Sam Guarneri; cousin JoAnn Guarneri; sister-in-law Laura Bertolone; dear friend Wanda LaMarca; several nieces & nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Shore Winds Nursing Home for the wonderful care they gave to Genevieve. For more information about Jean visit www.bartolomeo.com
Jean's Life Story will be shared at her visitation Monday, July 16th, 3-7 PM at the Funeral Home,1411 Vintage Lane (between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). Her Celebration of Life service will be Tuesday, July 17th, 10:30 AM at the Funeral Home, immediately followed by her being laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 in Jean's memory.
Genevieve grew up in a very large family. Her parents, Joseph & Rachel LaRocca had 15 children. In her early years she always looked forward to family time in the warm summer months at Charlotte Beach. As was customary for many families during the depression, as soon as the children were able, they would go to work to help support their family.
Her early strong work ethic found her working at Stromberg Carlson, Bausch & Lomb, Kodak and then part time for McCurdy's.
Family time was precious to Genevieve. In her early years she enjoyed spending time at her mother's house on Jones Ave. Her family vacations consisted of a yearly trip to Niagara Falls for 2 days. Anytime family was together, it was exciting for Genevieve. Her grandkids came to know her as "Grandma Meatball."
Genevieve enjoyed simple things in life. Ironically as she grew older she found herself right back in Charlotte once again. She loved dancing throughout her whole life and recently had been participating with seniors dancing in the Robach Center in Charlotte. Genevieve was very good at making clothing, performing alterations and generally talented at sewing. Her rose bushes satisfied her gardening desires and she always had roses in bloom in her yard over the summer.
Genevieve was the first generation in her family to be born in the US. Her family found their way back and forth to Italy and the US as she was growing up. Between travel and the need to support her family, she needed to leave school. However, this didn't keep her from learning. Genevieve was an avid reader. She especially enjoyed reading fiction & mystery novels. She prefered classical music and the artists of her day that she enjoyed were Elvis, Jerry Vale, Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin.
Genevieve's disposition was contagious. You couldn't help but to be a part of her laughter, easy going nature and her "forever" smile.
She embraced the diversity of others during a time in history when this wasn't very common. She welcomed everyone regardless of their color, religion, ethnicity, education or social status. She was generous to those she loved and always patient. Genevieve will truly be missed by those who knew and loved her and always fondly remembered!