News from San Antonio Church – August 21, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 21, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On the 1st weekend in August, San Antonio celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the church without one of our most loyal parishioners, Roy Romelli, who became ill and went into Hospice a few days before his passing on Sunday, August 7, 2022, the day we missed his presence on this milestone.  Roy worked on our 100th Anniversary Celebrations held every month with daughter Lisa (Romelli) Gillman, brother and talented artist Pat Romelli and nieces LuAnn and Gina Roberto and Tina (Roberto) Kroeger.  He enjoyed greeting those families with ties to our church and the old neighborhood.  Roy grew up in South Fairmount, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Bonaventura) Romelli with siblings sister, Fern (Romelli) Roberto and brother Pat Romelli, all longtime members of San Antonio Church.  Roy and his late wife Barbara (Spicer) Romelli were wed in 1956 and celebrated 46 years of marriage before her passing in 2002.  Roy and Barbara were longtime San Antonio Church Parishioners and active in the Men’s and Ladies Club while assisting his late sister, Fern (Romelli) Roberto when she was President of the Club.  He worked tirelessly over the years at the many tasks for all our fundraisers and attended all the 1st Friday of the month meetings while helping the kitchen crew for our “Lunch on the House “and all the many fundraisers held over the years. 

Roy grew up among great cooks in a neighborhood rich in extended families, gardens, grape arbors, and homemade wine.  He could handle any job and had a reputation for making any dish better especially mashed potatoes.  He was known for preparing wonderful meals.  A few of Roy’s recipes listed in the” Mangia “Cookbook are Veal Piccata – Page 34, Stuffed Chicken Breasts with White Wine – page 38 and Nova in Purgatorio (Eggs in Purgatory) – page 51.  Roy was considered a friend to every parishioner at San Antonio Church and had very good friends from the “Harley Guys” motorcycle club who served as escorts to his resting place while playing favorite tunes for his last ride.  Roy was an Army Veteran who joined those motorcyclists for the “Rolling Thunder Ride” every year to Washington, D. C. in honor of all Veterans.  Besides all his church friends, he had a group who would meet him at Patrick’s Bar and Grill on his way home after working out at the Mercy Healthplex.  Roy leaves children, Angela Baker, Lisa Gillman, Nicola Burgun, Maria Halton, Joseph, Louis, spouses and their families.  Grandfather of 15; Roy’s funeral Mass was held at San Antonio Church on Saturday, August 13, 2022, with Fr. Ralph Westerhoff officiating.   

Another Parishioner from long ago who had recently passed away on June 10, 2022, was Frank Moore at age 92.  Frank “Mousie” Moore was active in the Men’s Club along with his late brother Don Moore (1931-2020) and as an officer in the Club when Fr. Bennet was our Pastor and was present during the Golden Jubilee Celebration in 1972.    Frank was born in 1929 to the late Louis (1896-1980) and Josephine (Roberto) Moore (1901-1986) residents from Little Italy known for their gardens.  Frank’s siblings besides Don were Joseph (1920-1988), John (1924-1995), and Anthony (1922-1997).  Frank married the late Arline Garthaus on October 31, 1950 and welcomed Nancy (Steve) Gruen and Connie (Paul) Wagoner and many Grandchildren.  We send our condolences and prayers to the Romelli and Moore/Morra Families.

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