Esther A. Calnero, 79, died peacefully in her home on Wednesday March 28, 2012 in the loving presence of her children, grandchildren and devoted husband Carl. She was born on December 7, 1932 in Rome a daughter of Giovanni and Matilda Nicolella Cacciatori. She lived on Fourth Street, attended Lillian O. Burns and Columbus Schools and was a graduate of RFA, class of 1951.
After graduation and before her marriage she worked briefly as an administrative assistant at Revere Copper and Brass, Inc. She married Carl Calnero on August 16, 1952 in St. John the Baptist Church. Together they built a successful general construction company that supported their growing family.
She had worked as a respiratory therapy aide at Rome Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of the Delta Sigma Pi Sorority. In addition to providing unending support to her children and grandchildren with all of their pursuits, she had interest in golf, crossword puzzles and reading.
Esther is survived by her beloved family including her husband of fifty-nine years, Carl; as well as five children and their spouses, Lynn and Chester DiBari of Rome, Wendy and Thomas Wojdyla of Ava, Lori and George Edel of Rome, Carl and Carol Calnero of Sacramento, CA, and Shari Calnero and Matthew Jackson of Albany; her cherished grandchildren and their spouses and partners, Kara (Wojdyla) and Bo Pritchard, Andi (DiBari) and Philip Lodico, Elizabeth (Wojdyla) and Dean Domenico, Morgan Edel and her partner Will Erokan, Jacob DiBari and his fiancé Lori Trophia, Chester DiBari and his fiancé Emily Buttrey, Mallory Edel, Lauren Calnero, Mackenzie Edel, Thomas Wojdyla and his love Cara Maracchion, Julie Calnero, Theresa Calnero, Anthony Joseph Calnero and Stellan Calnero-Jackson; four great-grandchildren, Joseph Domenico, Michael Domenico, Esther Lodico and Theodore Lodico; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vincent and Marie DeIorio of White Plains, Katherine Cacciatori of Rome, and Gloria Tardugno of Rome; nieces and nephews dear to her and friends whom she cherished. She was predeceased by a sister Helen Giachetti and two brothers Louis and Enzo Cacciatori.
Her family wishes to acknowledge the many friends who offered love and support during Esther’s illness. Esther appreciated the care she received from Dr. Kesava Potluri, Dr. John Gullo and his staff at Hematology-Oncology Associates, the nurses and staff of 2 East and Ambulatory Surgery at Rome Memorial Hospital and 4 South at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.
Affectionately known to her friends and family as "Ottie," Esther had a way of finding humor even in the face of life’s challenges. Everyone wanted to be in her presence, even the family dogs. Her limitless compassion and open heart drew many to her. We will never forget her smile, grace and warmth.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio officiating. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.
Contributions may be made in Esther’s memory to the Rome Jervis Library or to The Incredible Teddy Foundation, PO Box 3122, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Online tributes may be made at: www.bottinifuneralhome.com.