Anthony V. Montalbano, 71, of Rome, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2012 with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. His bravery and strength during his illness were unmatched. He was born on October 18, 1940 in Rome; a son of the late Nicasio and Maria Doria Montalbano.
He graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1957. Tony faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On November 15, 1969 in St. John the Baptist Church, he was united in marriage to the former Louise Muttillo. Tony retired from the United States Postal Service in 2000 after 34 years of employment. He then worked at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino for seven years.
Anthony was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Toccolana Club, Roman Runners, Vietnam Veterans Chapter #944, and the Concerned Veterans for America. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Tony enjoyed his morning coffee at Dunkin Donuts and Spressos with his friends. He was active with several Veterans associations and functions. He loved running and ran in the Utica Boilermaker 13 times.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Louise; two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony E. and Candice (Hilts) Montalbano of North Bay and Mark R. and Jennifer (Wood) Montalbano of Rome; five cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Kiara, Brayden, Mila, and Marco; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mickey Thompson and Mary Jane and George Hendrickson, all of Rome; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Judy Montalbano of Rome, Nick and Laverne Montalbano of Croghan, and Rick and Jill Montalbano of Rome; in-laws, John and Martha Muttillo, Don and Liz Muttillo all of Rome, Shirley DiNardo of Florida, and Cynthia Muttillo of Rome, who was a great help during his illness; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends too numerous to mention.
Tony was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Montalbano; two brothers-in-law, Milton Thompson and Peter DiNardo; a niece, Celeste Hendrickson Wurz; and a nephew, Jamie Redden.
Mr. Montalbano’s memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by Rev. Paul Angelicchio. The family will receive relatives and friends at the conclusion of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to 2 East at Rome Memorial Hospital and the staff at Hematology and Oncology of CNY for the wonderful care shown to Tony.
To add to Tony’s online memorial or send a message of condolence, please visit: www.gullafuneral.com.