Mary Milanowski

Obituary of Mary V. (Mezza) Milanowski

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Mary V. (Mezza) Milanowski

One of Oneida County's Oldest Residents


Mary V. Mezza Milanowski, 108, of Rome, one of Oneida County's oldest residents, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Rome Health Residential Health Care Facility. She was born in Rome, NY, on June 30, 1913, daughter of the late Giovanni and Margaret Mezza. Mary attended Rome Schools. She married Frank "Doc" J. Milanowski. He passed away July 10, 1998.


Mary, a staunch Republican was still voting in her elder years and campaigned for many of her party's nominees. Mary was responsible for getting out the vote for Donald Trump for many of the RHCF residents in the 2016 election. At 103, Mary put a Trump bumper sticker on the back of her wheelchair and urged her friends, residents and staff to cast their vote for Trump. In her hundreds, Mary was still passionate about politics, but also was happy to talk about what she calls a "good life." She was an avid Yankee fan and never missed a game. Mary's favorite pastime was to shop. Give her hot peppers (the hotter they were the better), macaroni and Italian bread and she would be happy.


Mary worked at the former Decker's Dress Shop and Stewart's in Rome and later became manager of Kannoff's Department Store, in the old Sear's Plaza, for over thirty-three years.


Surviving is a nephew, James (Robin) Zakala, Mary's best friend, Terry Stanwix , all of Rome, and several nieces, including Marie Mezza, Utica, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; Lu Ann and Gina Marie Mezza, Jennifer (Tony) Torres, Margaret Ann (Joe) Cucharale , all of Utica and great-great-nephews and nieces; Chuck and Anthony Torres, Kali and Karissa Cucharale, all of Utica and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers; Joseph, Anthony (Slim) and Kenneth Mezza, three sisters; Pasqualina Grasso, Josephine Link and Anita Walker, her nephew, Chuck Mezza who she raised as if he was her own, sisters-in-law; Mary Zakala and Stella Mercurio.


The family wishes to express a special thank you to Rome Health Residential Health Care Facility Staff who went over and above in caring for Mary.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Church, at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call at the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd., Rome on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 4-6 p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's name to a charity of one's choice.


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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc.
7751 Merrick Road
Rome, New York, United States


11:00 am
Thursday, September 2, 2021
St. John the Baptist Church
200 E. Dominick St.
Rome, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

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