Rocco C. Merante, 85, of Niagara Falls, NY died on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Lewiston, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas and Nunziata (Trapasso) Merante.
Rocco was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY. He attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1945 and later attended Niagara University. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy from June 26, 1945 until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1949. On October 27, 1956 he married Albina (Mazza) Meranto in Niagara Falls, NY. Rocco worked at Bell Aerospace in Wheatfield, NY from 1950 until 1960. He then became a Mail Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from 1961 until he retired in 1988. When he was younger, he was an avid football player and played on teams in high school, college and while serving in the Navy. Rocco enjoyed the sounds of big band music and playing poker with his friends. He was a gifted accordionist and member of the Stardusters, Noveltones and Madhatters bands which performed throughout Western New York and Canada. Above all, Rocco's greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife of fifty-six years, Rocco is survived by four children, Nancy (Michael) Badolato of Reno, NV, Donna (Gino) Nichele of Youngstown, NY, Thomas (Cheryl Ramage) Merante of Louisville, KY and Cheryl Merante of Long Beach, NY; ten grandchildren, David Badolato, Christopher (Abby) Badolato, Michael Badolato, Jessica Nichele, Melissa (Paul) Westoven, Cara Nichele, Gino Nichele, Briana (Alex) McCall, Danielle Merante and Nick Merante; five great-grandchildren, Kylee, Hannah, Gabriella, Rocco and Deanna; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three sisters, Antoinette (late Michael) Longo, Santina (late John) Ventry and Ida (late Michael) Maro.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 2-7 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin on Monday, April 22nd at 11:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Stewart Lindsay, O.S.F.S. officiating. Entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY with Military Honors. Memorial donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10164 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 310 Packett's Landing, Fairport, NY 14450.
Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.