Yolanda Thelma Burnett, 94 of Rome, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Abraham House, Rome, with her son, Ronald by her side. When she knew her purpose here on earth was done, she asked the Lord to let her join her beloved son, Stephen Burnett and “little” sister, Marta Mintz.
Her journey was a long one filled with stories that would make you laugh and cry, but each one memorable. Born November 21, 1926, she lost her parents at a very early age and lived in a Nunnery before coming to the United States from Honduras, Central America. On her journey, she found herself working as a waitress in several well-known restaurants in NYC and NJ. Her customers always provided a story for her to share: the big tippers, the famous and infamous, presidents, ball players, and actors. Yolanda loved her work, but more than that, she loved being able to help and care for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her beauty reflected the beauty in her heart. She was a loving and generous person, living to watch the children grow up and sharing her spirit for life with friends. When there were no longer diapers to change, noses to wipe, meals to prepare, homework to do, wrestling, basketball or baseball to watch (especially the Yankees), brownies to eat, shopping and lunching out, or celebrations for special events and achievements, she knew she had achieved her purpose in life and did it with all the zeal and love she had.
She is predeceased by her parents, Mariano Gonzalez Diaz and Lucille Ferrera; sister Marta Mintz; and son, Stephen Burnett. She is survived by her daughters, Denise Maiden and Cheryl (Kenneth) Perry; sons Ronald and Roger Artigiani, her grandchildren Cris (Dominic) Palma, Kathy (Glen) Suter, Janet and Jessica Lewis, Joseph (Heather) Perry, Richard (Shannon) Artigiani, Ronnie (Kathie) Artigiani, Christian Artigiani, Conor, Kyle and Olivia Burnett; great-grandchildren, Richard, Noah, Caelyn Artigiani, Dominic, Deanna Palma, Michael Graham ,and Jackie Burke; great-great-grandchildren, Isabella Burk, Khali and Khaliel Ross; cousin, Connie Ferrera; niece, Michelle (William) Olk; nephews, Eric Mintz and Michael Minicozzi; and special friends, Cheryl Uvanni and Thomas Heidt.
Per Yolanda’s wishes, there will be no funeral services or calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo Street.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their condolences, can make a donation in memory of Yolanda T. Burnett to their favorite charity.
You may view the obituary and send a message of sympathy online at: www.bottinifuneralhome.com