Molly (Carmella Sgroi) Monaco
ONEIDA- Molly (Carmella Sgroi) Monaco, 98, of Drake Avenue, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at her home.
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1915, she was the daughter of Antonio and Maria Christina (DiBella) Sgroi. Molly was raised in Canastota and attended the Canastota Schools. She had fond memories of growing up on Indian Opening Road and enjoyed the frequent family gatherings. In 1938, she was voted the Onion Queen of New York State, representing the Onion Growers’ Association at the New York State Fair. In 1941, Molly married Edward A. Monaco and settled in Oneida, assisting her husband with the operation of Monaco Studios for over fifty years. Edward died on January 21, 1996.
Molly was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, serving on the Altar Rosary Society. She was active in the Oneida Women of Rotary and Elks, as well as being a charter member of the Oneida Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild. For many years, Molly was an avid bowler on a local team sponsored by Monaco Studio and was a member of the Rainbow Garden Club. Her family best remembers her as a loving mother, dedicated housewife, and talented seamstress, cook, and gardener.
Surviving are, one daughter and son-in-law, Annette and John Friedrichs of Fayetteville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Edward A. Monaco, Jr. and Dr. Benita Sobieraj of Amherst, Anthony and Diane Monaco of Brunswick, Maine and Dr. James G. and Deborah Monaco of Manlius; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Gregory Sgroi of Cranford, New Jersey and Salvatore “Sam” and Jeanette Sgroi of Canastota; ten grandchildren, Anthony J. Monaco, Kimberly McFarland, Karen Monaco, Edward Monaco III, Christopher Monaco, Kathleen Feulner, Christine Cioppa, Carolyn Monaco, Andrew Friedrichs and Alicia Friedrichs; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Santina Ragonese, Frances Cali and Antonia “Nina” Farnach and one brother Sebastian “Benny” Sgroi.
The family is grateful for the outstanding and compassionate care provided by Molly’s caregivers and Hospice nurses.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 AM Monday from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida and 10 AM from St. Patrick’s Church where the Funeral Mass will be concelebrated by the Reverends Richard Kapral, pastor and William Mesmer, former pastor. Interment will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral hours 2 to 6 PM Sunday. Contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s School, 354 Elizabeth Street, Oneida, NY 13421 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com
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