Carmella Iuorno

Obituary of Carmella A. Iuorno

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Carmella A. Iuorno, 90, of Town of Lee, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Healthcare Facility. She was born March 14, 1930, in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late Anthony Ferrare and Florence Mecca Ferrare. Carmella graduated from Rome Free Academy and worked as a legal secretary before becoming a stenographer for RADC at Griffiss Air Force Base. On August 7, 1954, at St. John the Baptist Church, she married Rocco F. Iuorno, who preceded her in death in 2016. After raising her children, she also worked as a school secretary for the Rome City School District at Stokes School in Lee Center. Carmella was a devoted Noni and kind soul who enjoyed cooking, reading a good mystery, bowling, playing bocce, and learning new things, including braille transcription, tai chi, country-line dancing, and color consulting. She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Lee Center where she volunteered in the food pantry. Surviving are her two daughters, Barbara Johnson (Steve) of Ashland, MA, and Maryrose Iuorno-Shirley (Christopher) of Downingtown, PA; grandchildren, Daniel (Rachel), David, Timothy, Nicholas (Jessica) and Laura, and one great-grandchild Fiona Deidre. Also surviving, are a brother Dominick Ferrare, sister-in-law Marlyn Ferrare, and a brother-in-law Senatro Iuorno (Genevieve) all of Rome, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and five siblings; Marie Ferrare Varano, Vincent Ferrare, Sebastian Ferrare, Anthony Ferrare, and Daniel Ferrare. Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held for the family with burial at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. A Memorial Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Lee Center, where relatives and friends are invited to attend, will be planned for a safer time. Memorial contributions in Carmella's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the March of Dimes, 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22202. Arrangements are by the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd., Rome. To offer online condolences, please visit

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St John the Baptist Cemetery
Lower E. Dominick St.
Rome, New York, United States
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