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Silvio Ronald "Ron" Mornelli, 81, of Dolgeville, New York, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 21, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, New York.
Silvio (Ron, Butch) Mornelli
Born December 10, 1937 to the late Angelo and Isola Forestiere Mornelli, Silvio was raised and educated in Little Falls, New York. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1960 and was discharged Special 4th Class. Silvio worked in the construction trade for approximately 40 years - first with C. Scialdo & Sons Construction Co. and then with Buck Construction and Knamm Brothers. He belonged to Laborers Union Local 35.
Silvio was an avid musician who loved to sing and entertain people. Playing with the Loren Cross band for two years and then as half of the “Bob & Ron Duo”, he entertained people throughout the Valley for over twenty years. He enjoyed participating in shows put on by the Dolgeville Lions Club and the Salisbury Grange. Ron belonged to St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus and to the Herkimer Lions Club.
In 2000, Silvio formed a relationship with Barbara Schwartz and shared a life partnership of 19 years. Survivors include three sons, Ronald (Michelle) Mornelli, Christopher (Wendy) Mornelli, Steven Mornelli, grandchildren Christopher Mornelli and Kayla (Jerry) Thorne, great grandsons Easton and Noah
Brother Harry (Bonnie Loschiavo) Mornelli, Sister-in-law Lucy Yturralde of Texas, Nephews- Mark (Kathleen) Mornelli, Rudy (Deborah) Scialdo II ,Nieces- Renee (Sam) Shevat, Angela Laporte, Darlene (Neil) Greene, Cynthia (Paul) Nagle and Michele (Dale) Hibbard ,Great nephews- Samuel Shevat III, RJ Shevat, William Scialdo, Gregory LaPorte, Luke LaPorte, David Nagle, Jason Bortniak.
Great nieces- Sarah Nagle, Leanne Nagle, Katie Bortniak and BethAnn (Dan) Harris and Olivia.
His extended family - Nick & Peggy Schwartz, Amanda, Nicholas & Jake Schwartz, Debra & Michael Frank, Devyn, Ryan, Hunter, Cooper & Callahan Frank.
Silvio was predeceased by his son Gregory Paul, sisters Elda Varano, Rena Scialdo and Olga Fusco, brother Gino Mornelli, sister-in-law Connie Mornelli, brother-in-laws Gregory Varano, Gregory Fusco, and Rudolph Scialdo, nephews Benjamin and Salvatore Fusco and niece Kathleen Bortniak
and nephew Paul LaPorte
A very special thanks to the staff at Valley Health Services where Ron resided since June 2017.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 31 North Helmer Ave., Dolgeville, NY 13329 or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, New York 10163-4777.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, 3 East Faville Avenue Dolgeville, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 31 N. Helmer Avenue, Dolgeville, New York. Burial will be held at a later date in the spring at St. Joseph's Cemetery also in Dolgeville, New York. The Knights of Columbus will hold a services on Wednesday evening at 6PM.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of long-time friend, Brian A. Roberts of Roberts Funeral Home, 3 East Faville Avenue, Dolgeville, New York 13329, (315) 429-3144.
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