THOMPSON – Rocco A. Albanese, 96, died Sunday, December 24, 2017 in Lanessa Extended Care in Webster after a period of declining health. His wife of 50 years, Joan “Beatrice” (Keefer) Albanese, died in 2014.
He leaves 3 step-children, Robert E. Lee and his wife Sonia of Sunrise, FL, William G. Lee of Sumter, S. Carolina, and Geraldine M. Drobot and her husband Joseph of Thompson; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer, Morgan, Marjorie, Jason and Jill; and 5 great-grandhildren, Luka, Alex, Arden, Charlotte and Elliot.
He was born on January 4, 1921 in Port Chester, NY, the only son of Michael and Rose (Penabare) Albanese. He graduated from Port Chester High School and began studies in dentistry at Columbia University. He moved to Norwalk in 1964 and lived there until 2015, when he relocated to Thompson.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, serving as a dental lab technician in the European Theatre until 1946.
Mr. Albanese worked as a lens polisher at Perkin and Elmer Company in Wilton, CT, retiring in 1976.
He was a member of Saint Matthew’s Church in Norwalk. He loved golfing.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School Street, Webster.