Michael A. Rovelli, 79, of Whitehall passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 8 surrounded by his loving family.
Born on September 23, 1929 in Whitehall N.Y., the son of Pasquale and Pauline (DiNucci) Rovelli.
Mr. Rovelli attended Whitehall High School, graduating in the class of 1946
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church of Whitehall.
Mr. Rovelli and his wife Antoinette F. (Seymour) Rovelli were united in marriage on Sept. 13, 1953 and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
He was employed for Great Meadow Correction Facility in Comstock, N.Y., retiring as head account clerk in 1989 after more than 37years of service. He was also employed part time for A & P Food Market in Whitehall, later for Grand Union in Whitehall and TOPS Supermarket in Whitehall until they closed the store. He was privileged to be asked to lock the door of the store on its final day of business.
Mr. Rovelli was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Whitehall, the Whitehall Theatergoers, a member of Our Lady of Hope Mass Choir, and the Mount Carmel Society of Whitehall.
He loved to travel, including trips to Italy and Florida. He also enjoyed working in his garden, music in the park, attending functions at the Bridge Theater in Whitehall, attending school functions with his grandchildren including attending this year’s Jr. Prom with his daughter-in-law as a chaperone.
He always enjoyed stopping to say hello when meeting friends in the store or on the street. He always made time for others. His last act of will and determination was to attend his granddaughters wedding on Oct. 4, where he spent precious time with his wife and family.
He is predeceased by his five brothers, Charles, Nicholas, Angelo, Silvio and Alfred Rovelli, and his four sisters, Ruth Prefontaine, Mary Rizzo, Hazel Savoie and Carmel Young.
Survivors include his loving wife, Antoinette F. (Seymour) Rovelli of Whitehall, his two children, Michael J. Rovelli and his wife Kay and Patricia R. Abbott and her husband Thomas, all of Whitehall, his grandchildren, Melinda Kane, Kara Persons, Nathaniel Persons, Meggan Rovelli, Jake Rovelli, Joshua Abbott, Alexandra Abbott, and one great-granddaughter Hailey Taylor. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, Skene Street, Whitehall with Reverend Francis Dunbar officiating. A rite of burial followed in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Whitehall.
A reception followed at the home of Patricia and Thomas Abbott.
Friends called on the family on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Michael G. Angiolillo Funeral Home, 210 Broadway, Whitehall.
The Knights of Columbus of Whitehall met at 6:30 pm that evening at the funeral home to recite the Rosary.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to either Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave, Whitehall, N.Y. 12887 or to the Skenesborough Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 333, Whitehall, N.Y. 12887.